IMMANA funds agriculture for improved nutrition & health: Open access/data requirements

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IMMANA_logoAndTextThe Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) is coordinating a new research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), called Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA).

The aim of IMMANA is “to accelerate the development of a robust scientific evidence base needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population projected to hit nine billion by 2050 in a way that is both healthy and sustainable“. In order to achieve this, IMMANA is working on four different but closely related activities:

1) Develop scientific evidence to inform effective policies and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health;

2) Engage with the research community to stimulate development of innovative methodological approaches and novel metrics;

3) Train young researchers in developing and applying cutting-edge methods;

4) Strengthen international interdisciplinary research collaborations for evidence-based policy making and programme design.… Click to read the full post

CGIAR Open Access mandate: Work in progress in the case of ICARDA

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icardaAgro-Know has a long time involvement in Open Access through its participation in related EU-funded projects (such as VOA3R and agINFRA), its participation and contribution in related initiatives and events and more lately through our active involvement in the FAO AGRIS Network (Agro-Know is hosting & responsible for the Data Processing Unit of the traditional AGRIS service) but also through the expertise and experience of each team members (such as agricultural domain experts, information scientists and librarians, software engineers and web developers etc.). In this context, almost five months after the CGIAR presentation, Agro-Know made a contact with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), one of the 15 CGIAR Centers and it was agreed that Agro-Know would be responsible for the following:

  • Provide an overview of the current situation of ICARDA and the Dryland Systems program regarding information available, repositories and related processes and workflows;
  • Recommend the optimal approach for ICARDA and Dryland Systems, in terms of technology, skills, processes and responsibilities in the organizations;
  • Taking responsibility to prepare the ICARDA and Dryland Systems Open Access Plan, following the Guidelines set out by the CGIAR Consortium.
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International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

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icardaThe International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was established back in 1977, as one of the CGIAR Consortium Research Centers. As the name implies, the scope of ICARDA is to develop agricultural research innovations to be applied in dry areas; a mission really important, as dry regions cover more than 40% of the earth’s surface and are home to 2.5 billion people – a significant percentage of the world’s population. According to ICARDA, its mission is “to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources.”

ICARDA puts conservation agriculture practices at the core of its activities, aiming to ensure the optimal use of the limited resources available in the target & collaborating countries.… Click to read the full post

Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium

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CGIARA webinar on “Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium” took place on 10th of April at 11:00am (CEST). The presentation delivered by Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication at the CGIAR Consortium, provided an overview and update on the CGIAR Consortium’s progress in Open Access, including some of the challenges and opportunities of advocating for Open Access across the Consortium. Piers Bocock is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Consortium’s Knowledge Management, Communications, and IT strategies, leveraging best practices in these disciplines to help the Consortium deliver on its mandate.… Click to read the full post