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Regional Good Practices in Agricultural Platform

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Good Practices in Agriculture Platform is a single access point on good practices in agriculture in the Near East and North Africa region. It is a knowledge platform for capturing, documenting and capitalizing good practices online for strengthening knowledge sharing and collaboration between practitioners, stakeholders and target groups from Farmer Field Schools (FFS) at national and regional levels

Good Practices in Agriculture Platform (GPA) is a web-based regional information and communication system/network for GPA. The immediate objective of the Network is to strengthen the capacity of the Ministries of Agriculture and Agricultural and Rural Research Institutions for effective GPA information management and knowledge exchange in support of rural and agricultural development in the region.

The ultimate development objective of Good Practices in Agriculture Platform is to enhance Good Practices information and knowledge access and exchange within the Near East and North Africa Region. This network would provide mechanisms to strengthen, coordinate, and add value to national and regional initiatives in order to increase agricultural production and improve food security in Near East countries, and for the benefit of improving performance of farmers and agrarian businesses.

The Good Practices in Agriculture Network is expected to produce the following specific outputs:
 
  • A pilot Good Practices in Agriculture Knowledge and Information Network through building a Regional Gateway function and a collaborative network of technical institutions and organizations committed to capacity building in this area.
  • A pilot Good Practices in Agriculture knowledge and information management system of national components including modules (information systems) on documents, institutions, experts and projects; facilitating access to other agricultural information services and databases relevant to the rural and agricultural sector; and enabling the exchange of information and knowledge among stakeholder groups.
  • A team of nationally selected focal points and technical staff at the different agricultural institutions trained on how to adopt and integrate information from their institutions into the Good Practices in Agriculture and to maintain it as a high-quality information and communication resource using Good Practices in Agriculture content management system and modern information management. These trained staff will be expected to train others in the future.
  • Development of operational plans for the network that would strengthen knowledge-sharing and learning process and foster partnerships for broader knowledge-sharing and learning at national and regional levels.
  • Development of an operational framework that would define the roles and responsibilities of all the stakeholders at the national level.