CTA is hosting a knowledge management workshop as part of the ‘Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development’ project between 5 and 9 February 2018 in the Fijian capital of Suva. The 3-year project started in April 2016 with the aim to facilitate the wider use of experience capitalization processes in rural development initiatives, as an approach for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.
Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development - Pacific region
The project is being conducted by CTA in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Pacific Community (SPC) has helped with logistics locally. The workshop in Fiji will include Pacific representatives from regional and national private sector and public organisations, who originate from Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The aim of the workshop is to train participants document and share their experiences in rural development interventions, which can lead to scaling up of improved practices among members of the community. This experience capitalization approach has been successfully implemented in previous training workshops by this project in Eastern and Western Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The specific objectives and outcomes of the workshop in Fiji are to expose participants to an online Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) learning module on experience capitalization then to discuss how to successfully achieve the process. Participants will begin by planning the experience capitalization process, selecting a suitable experience to analyse, list the necessary stakeholders to involve in the process, how to gather information, analyse and draw conclusions and prepare to share their findings as a way to engage a community around their rural development initiatives.
The five-day workshop, including a field visit, is based on a 'learning by doing' approach and is expected to provide the participants with new skills and to enable them to document, describe and analyse their experiences. Later on, they will also be able to lead others to carry out experience capitalisation. Lessons will be drawn from these experiences, will be shared with participants and targeted organisations. Following the workshop, participants will put into practice their plans for experience capitalisation in their institutions and draft their documentation which will be finalised in in April 2018.
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
As the specialised agency of the Inter-American System for agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) supports the efforts of the Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. The Institute provides its cooperation through daily, close and permanent collaboration with its 34 Member States, whose needs it addresses expeditiously in order to achieve increasingly inclusive, competitive and sustainable agriculture. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work. Since our institution was founded, we have acquired a wealth of experience in areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health and food safety, agribusiness, agricultural trade, rural development, natural resource management and training.
The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. Much of our focus is on major cross-cutting issues, such as climate change, disaster risk management, food security, gender equality, human rights, non-communicable diseases and youth employment. Using a multi-sector approach in responding to our members’ development priorities, we draw upon skills and capabilities from around the region and internationally, and support the empowerment of Pacific communities and sharing of expertise and skills between countries and territories.