Wednesday, September 29, 2010

0 Web 2.0 for Sustainable Land Management

Web 2.0 Learning is a training conducted by Technincal Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA). The training is on the use of Web 2.0 Tools for disseminating and accessing information in by actors in the agricultural sector. The most recent training was being held in Baraka Agricultural College (BAC), Molo, Kenya, from 27th Sept. to 1st Oct 2010. The participants in this one week training were drawn from various institutions which included non-profit making, State Corporations, government ministries and training institution. A total of 24 participants attended the training.

The objective of the training was to build capacity in information communication technology especially in using the Web 2.0 internet collaboration tools among the participants. The participants are expected to conduct the same training in their organizations.

Web 2.0 refers to tools that are used for collaboration on the internet. The tools include the web logs (blogs), RSS feeds, wikis, folksonomies, tags, marshups, VoiP, Online mapping, Blogging like what you are reading now, Social networking, use of iMARK Module among others. These tools have given web users power to determine the content on the internet. Users can now develop a paper, an article even proposals remotely real-time using tools such as wikis and Google Doc, without having to send as email attachments. This is an amazing potential which if tapped in the Sub-Saharan Africa sharing of information on best practices and agricultural development and rural livelihoods can be improved. This may eventual accelerate the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the continent (and Vision 2030 for Kenya).
I'm not ignorant of the challenge of internet infrastructure but development is being made in this aspect in many countries. For instance, Kenya is already connected to the undersea fiber optic network. This is already bearing fruit as the connections charges are reducing. Mobile phones ownership is on the raise and their potential can also be exploited.

During the training the participant demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm which is a good indicator in the adoption of a technology. I wish all of them a good time as the use knowledge gained and train others.


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