Agricultural Research Productivity Survey
Thank you for participating in the Agricultural Research Productivity Survey. Research productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa has many hindrances which affect the development of the region’s agriculture sector. As such there is a need to understand the factors that affect the research productivity in order to come up with useful interventions and solutions to the challenges.
The TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library) Project at Cornell University (USA) and ITOCA (Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa) of South Africa were conducting this survey in order to:
Understand the factors that motivate African scientists in the agricultural sciences;
Understand the factors that influence and assist research and teaching; and
Determine the needs researchers have in order to be more productive researchers and/or integrate research information into your teaching activities.
We are pleased to announce that five respondents who completed the questionnaires have been randomly selected to receive a raffle prize of USD$100 each, congratulations!
The winners were:
IAALD-Africa Conference 2012
The 3rd IAALD Africa Chapter Conference was held at Emperors’ Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 21st – 23rd May 2012. It saw a wide audience of professionals from agricultural and related sciences come together from all parts of Africa and beyond to discuss and share best practices.
The main speakers represented government policy makers, industry, international development community, rural development practitioners, as well as researchers and graduate students from the agricultural and rural development field, including ICT. They presented and discussed the latest topics in e-agriculture and shared their experiences and lessons learned in the implementation of e-agriculture initiatives.
The conference activities comprised of exhibitions showcasing e-agriculture initiatives and activities; pre-conference workshops, seminars and training; and the main conference included presentations and panel discussions. Prior to the conference, an online global discussion on e-Agriculture in Africa was organized on the e-Agriculture.org platform.
IAALD Africa Chapter was established on 26 May 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a forum of individuals and organizations involved in creating, capturing, accessing, disseminating information and knowledge concerning agriculture and rural development in Africa.
WIPO- the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) carried out workshops in African countries to support innovation through patent searching as well as promote its own portal ARDi, the newest member of Research4Life. ITOCA attended these workshops and slots were allocated for training on ResearchLife programmes as follows:
Zambia, 9-11 July 2012
The series of WIPO workshops on Patent Information-search strategies and techniques continued in 2012 with the first workshop being held in Lusaka Zambia at the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants. 43 participants attended this workshop and Mr M. Chimalizeni of ITOCA demonstrated Research4Life products. The Zambian Minister of Science and Technology gave the official opening address of the workshop.
Knowledge for development was the cross-cutting theme at the workshop, with participants being encouraged to take advantage of patent information which is in the public domain to drive innovative solutions to social problems in developing countries.
Zimbabwe, 4-6 September 2012
The 2nd follow-up workshop for Zimbabwe was held at the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) offices in Harare. The Deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Honourable Obert Gutu gave the opening address. 29 participants attended the workshop from government departments, academic institutions and the SME sector.
Namibia Research for Life and TEEAL Workshop a success!
The Research4Life (R4L) Training-of-Trainer Workshop was held at the University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek, Namibia from 12 to 15 March 2012. The workshop was organized by ITOCA and UNAM with funding from WHO WHO/AFRO Health Sciences Library and Documentation Centre. It was attended by faculty and librarians from selected universities and government departments in Namibia.
The aim of the course was to impart skills on access and use of electronic resources focusing on Research4Life and TEEAL programs. Most of the participants to the workshop were familiar with AGORA, HINARI and OARE but still they found the workshop extremely useful and expressed that the enhance skills in effective searching and other features would have a positive impact on their work. The mixture of Power Point presentations and hands-on exercises made the understanding of how to get the best out of the programmes easier. The main objective of the workshop was to empower participants to better utilize electronic resources available to them through R4L and spearhead the promotion of the e-resources upon returning to their home institutions.
The workshop had a rich pool of participants drawn from faculty and Libraries of selected institutions in Namibia including UNAM, National Archives and the Ministry of Education, Division of Community Libraries. The participants were mainly librarians. For the numerous academic reference librarians, it was critical to cross train them in accessing information from the various Research4Life (R4L) programs. This group of 28 was equally divided between the two tracks of health and agriculture/environment.
The University Librarian Ms Ellen Ndeshi Namhila gave the opening address expressing her appreciation for the workshop being finally held in Namibia immediately after changing status from a group B to a group A country. The four-day workshop targeted lecturers, researchers and librarians as brokers of the information. The main facilitators of the workshop were Professor Lenny Rhine from Librarians Without Borders (LWB) and Michael Chimalizeni from ITOCA.