Knowledge management supports the PAPP Key result areas in optimizing its knowledge organisation and supports PAPP in the provision of the best possible services and products to its clients. These can be seen as the two sides of the same coin. If the internal organisation is not functioning well, it is unlikely that good products and services are delivered. And if products and services are not optimally geared towards target audiences, the organisation probably does not have the right processes, structure, knowledge flows, etc. in place.
Knowledge management (KM) is the set of specific actions to develop and foster an optimal knowledge intensive environment, or a so-called knowledge ecosystem
, so that the knowledge (ranging from tacit to explicit) within LRD is used to benefit those who can benefit from it, in a timely manner. This involves the establishment of an internal LRD environment that encourages the systematic creation, storage and use of knowledge in order to deliver specific knowledge products & services, for internal use as well as for external service provision to target audiences (source: Knowledge Management Strategy, LRD, 2015 - 2017).
Information accessibility and transparency is a key step in ensuring that stakeholders are engaged in designing, implementing and adopting plans and policies. While the concept of inclusiveness is well accepted, policy research for agriculture has shown that there is simply a lack of information available publicly for farmers, private sector, researchers and policy makers. The European Union-supported Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP), implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Pacific Community (SPC) has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote information transparency for the important agriculture sector to better inform and engage all key stakeholders. The initiatives are:
To assist in addressing in all three KRAs, PAPP coordinates ICT, knowledge and communication sharing approaches to support the regional exchange of expertise and information among farmer organisations including associated private sector partners, local and international agencies, governments and other stakeholders.
Access to sufficient water for agriculture and farming is a significant issue for many communities across the Pacific Islands, with some tackling this issue by growing climate change ready crops, supported by Pacific research and knowledge exchanges.
What: Knowledge Management and Research and Extension workshop
When: 17 - 21 October, 2016
Where: Pohnpei, FSM
Key media stakeholders from both Samoa and American Samoa, representatives from the Government of Samoa and social media influencers from Samoa recently participated in a ‘talanoa’ session to develop awareness on Agritourism and Knowledge Management storytelling techniques ahead of the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum on Monday 29 August, 2016 at the Millenia Hotel.
Online Agriculture Policy Banks are ushering in a new era of access to information that is benefitting individual producers and promoting growth in the Pacific region’s agricultural sector.