The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is “a partnership-based e-learning initiative that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviors and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management“. IMARK was established back in 2001, it is lead by UN FAO and coordinated through a Steering Group consisting of thirteen organizations, including the Commonwealth for Learning, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
The main objective of IMARK is to improve the overall effectiveness of programmes in agricultural development and food security by enhancing access to information by key stakeholders. This is achieved though the training material developed by IMARK, which consists of a suite of free e-learning courses available online, on CD-ROM and as a downloadable package. The e-learning courses are being developed using the latest pedagogical models and methodologies, and provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning. These courses aim to improve the capabilities of people concerned with information management and knowledge sharing. Each course consists of learning units and each unit consists of a number of individual but related lessons. In order for someone to attend a course, a free registration has to be made which will allow the user to access the full set of courses and related educational material.
You can find more information in the freshly-prepared IMARK brochures in English (IMARK_brochure_en) and in Spanish (IMARK_brochure_es), as well as in the IMARK website. You can also follow IMARK on Facebook and read the related Wikipedia article about IMARK.
Agro-Know has a long-time experience in the development of training curricula and the related use of educational & training resources based on its participation in EU-funded projects such as Organic.Edunet, Organic.Balkanet, CerOrganic and AGRICOM – an experience that is reflected in its role and active contribution in the Knowledge and Learning Systems Working Group (KLSWG) of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP). on top of that, Agro-Know is investing in activities related to agricultural information management and knowledge sharing; topics that IMARK is also focusing on. In this context, Agro-Know is interested in promoting the work and outcomes of the IMARK group and support any related activities, trying to exploit opportunities for further collaboration and networking of potential stakeholders.