Concern about food security and climate change worldwide is at an all time high and it is widely accepted that the most vulnerable communities in the tropical regions of the developing world will be hit hardest. Investment in international agricultural research is being increased to meet these threats and technological innovations offer great promise for improved food output in the future. Nevertheless, there is much that we already know at local and national levels that could immediately improve yields and reduce losses if effectively disseminated and implemented. However, much of this information is not readily accessible in a format that allows it to be shared within countries, let alone across regions. This Concept Note presents a proposal for addressing the lack of visibility and accessibility of agricultural knowledge generated in 10 countries in Africa by ensuring its’ secure digital preservation, along with longer term investment in building sustainable systems and capacity within those countries.
Dodsworth, E. A home for agricultural knowledge. (2009) 9 pp.