Building the next Generation of Knowledge Managers

Written by: Charles Yoronimu Masereka (YPARD Uganda)

Knowledge, a very fundamental requirement for the success of the agriculture sector. According to the Oxford English dictionary, knowledge is “Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education, the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject”.

Doing something that someone is knowledgeable about makes everything, including life so easy. When you have facts about an activity, you will never go wrong. For knowledge to be effective for a particular purpose, there is a need for proper knowledge management. You can have knowledgeable people, but if their knowledge is not well managed, there will likely be a lot of misinformation and failures in ventures.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), together with other CAADP-XP4 partner organizations (AFAAS, ASARECA, CCARDESA & CORAF) and YPARD have this month launched the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) Challenge to build appropriate capacities, establish knowledge management communities of practice for artificial intelligence and strengthen mechanisms for knowledge generation to accelerate the achievement of the CAADP Malabo goals by 2025 and the SDGs by 2030. The training is facilitated by experts from the Knowledge for Development Partnership (K4DP).

Being part of the participants is a huge milestone in my service in developing and advancing the agriculture sector in Uganda and Africa at large. We the youth have a big input we ought to provide for the world’s food systems to flourish. With other participants selected from about 20 other countries across the continent and with a passion for the agriculture sector, we are the next generation of knowledge managers.

Launched on 08th September 2021, the presentations have truly been fundamental and will take our knowledge levels a notch higher. Notably were the presentations on “Reaching the last mile” by ensuring that all knowledge is shared with the ultimate beneficiaries, monitoring the use of the knowledge gained, and ensuring that the results from the acquired knowledge are viable and of great use to the beneficiaries. Secondly is the “Community of Practice” (CoP) discussion which highlights the need for collaborations, working together, teamwork, and having a common goal to help solve an existing problem is a great tool for growth and development. A community that works together easily grows and advances its goals ahead. With all the other presentations, the challenge training is so much on spot.

Going through December, the challenge will close with an Africa Agriculture Knowledge Management Hybrid Conference and the participants will be certified and recognized at the same conference.

I am personally grateful for the opportunity given to be part of this maiden Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development Challenge and trust that by the time the same concludes, I will be a better knowledge champion to foster the development and growth of the agriculture sector and improve the world’s food value chains and systems.

Charles Yoronimu Masereka (YPARD Uganda)

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