The current buzzword in practically all development organizations comes as a powerful acronym in two letters. KM or knowledge management, the explicit and systematic management of intellectual capital and organizational knowledge, is now being used by agricultural organizations to capture and store data and information in a central or distributed electronic environment. It has been predicted to be a major key to gaining competitive advantage.
Recently, international non-profit organizations like the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) have spearheaded the development of large databases on various crops like rice, wheat and maize and have initiated cutting-edge projects like online plant clinics that all aim to help farmers adopt new technologies and make better decisions on their farm operations. FFTC and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), two organizations which are both starting to develop their respective KM projects, have recently joined forces to conduct an international training workshop on “Developing Knowledge Management in Agriculture for small-scale farmers.”
The training workshop, which will be held at the PCAARRD headquarters in Los Baños Laguna, Philippines, aims to identify and share various KM strategies/programs being used by agricultural organizations in the Asia-Pacific (AP) region given the voluminous data they generate. There will be paper presentations by experts/resource speakers on KM, country report presentations on KM success stories and best practices, workshop to develop a basic guide for KM in agricultural development.