Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

GFAR webinar: Challenging Development and Research Communications

22 March 2017. This webinar covered communications as a “process for change” rather than for promotion or awareness-raising communications: using communications for knowledge creation and sharing, participatory or social learning, creative participatory project synthesis and writeshops or learning briefs. How to work with multi-stakeholder platforms, or use tools like participatory video or farm radio..?

  • Michael Victor (CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems): Introduction/teaser into the topic
  • Meredith Giordano (Principal Researcher and U.S. Representative for the International Water Management Institute - IWMI).): Project synthesis (and its
    communications) from a researcher’s point of view
  • Peter Ballantyne (head of communications and knowledge management at the International Livestock Research Institute - ILRI): Social learning, participatory comms, tools and processes to create and share knowledge (with some of ILRI’s
  • Julian Gonsalves (Senior Advisor for Asia at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) Philippines): Repackaging research, using 'write shops' as an example 
  • Fisher Qua (Principal Practitioner at Back Loop Consulting): How to use multi-stakeholder
    platforms (with the Mekong dialogue as example)
  • Juliet Braslow (ex-CIAT, has worked with farmers and rural communities internationally for
    the past 10 years): Video to engage farmers as a learning, empowering, and farmer to farmer exchange tool.
  • Karen Hampson ( (Regional Program Manager, ESA, Farm Radio International): Using farm radio and mobile phones as a way to reach farmers with research
  • Beatrice Makwenda, Head of Policy and Communication for the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) presented:
    The uptake and communications 
    of aflatoxin research findings in Malawi and Zambia
    (replaced by Fancois Stepman (PAEPARD) due to technical issues)
    This last presentation of 10 minutes runs from 2:07 to 2:17 in below video

Management of Aflatoxin in Australian Peanut Industry

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