Traditional linear research is no longer valid

25 May, 2009 by (comments)

Speaking about her poster at last week’s CIAT knowledge sharing week, Myriam Sánchez, Director of Corporación Biotec in Colombia explains how her organization works through innovation systems. She argues that “traditional linear research is no longer valid, we need to go into more complex systems.” It is also important to recognize that “the users have a lot of knowledgeRead More …

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Improving research uptake – Along the value chain

24 May, 2009 by (comments)

One of CIAT’s core values, as elaborated by Louise Sperling, is to ‘Reach End Users‘. Speaking at CIAT’s 2009 knowledge sharing week, CIAT’s Jean Claude Rubyogo explains how multiple actors in research in Africa work together in a ‘value chain approach’ to achieve improved uptake of bean varieties: Click To Play   He also explains how CIAT works withRead More …

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An Insight into Beans and Cassava

21 May, 2009 by (comments)

Day four of Knowledge Sharing Week continues. In the Agrobiodiversity session, CIAT’s Steve Beebe spoke about the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) and, amongst other issues, what the Alliance is doing in order to reach more end users. You can see the slideshow here. According to Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Program Leader, cassava was championed as “an ideal vehicle forRead More …

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How suitable is your crop? Climate change and agriculture in 2020

21 May, 2009 by (comments)

On Thursday morning, Andy Jarvis led the KSW 2009 special session on climate change and CIAT research. He started by introducing the various global climate models and emission scenarios. They generally show a world that is warmer everywhere, in some places much warmer. It will also be wetter in most places, though some areas will be a bit drier.Read More …

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Science for Impact – Extending the Accessibility of CIAT Research

20 May, 2009 by (comments)

Ruben Echeverría shares some perspectives on an agenda for CIAT … On the first day of this KSW, some 50 staff members joined a session organized with the support of the ICT-KM program to discuss the availability and accessibility of CIAT’s research outputs [see presentations]. At the end of the session, I asked the session organizers to come upRead More …

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Reaching end-users : Let’s rethink who is the “pea” and who is the “elephant”

20 May, 2009 by (comments)

Louise Sperling kicked off Day 3 of CIAT’s KS week by stimulating our thinking around the issue of ‘Reaching End Users’ (REU). “While REU was rejected as a deliberate thrust in CIAT’s strategy, and is not visible in the MTPs, the ideas around REU are very high on the agenda of the new CGIAR where planned funding mechanisms andRead More …

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LAC Biotechnology platform : A regional consortium to integrate, catalyze, and empower!

20 May, 2009 by (comments)

The morning discussion about partnerships in the Reaching End User session linked nicely into Joe Tohme’s presentation about a Latin American and Caribbean Biotechnology platform. Joe concedes the idea is not new, having been discussed for several years but it has now been pushed forward in the new strategic plan, based on broad consultation with regional partners like Foragro,Read More …

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