An American scientist will on Wednesday (two days from now) be
visiting several countries, starting Wednesday, to explore ways the
world's collective knowledge of integrated pest management
techniques can be better shared using Internet technologies.
This scientist already has extensive contacts in the agricultural
research and extension communities. I've given him my short list of
important Internet people to see in each country, generally steering
him to one key contact who can then suggest others to visit.
IPMNet information in English can be viewed on the Web at
http://ipmwww.ncsu.edu/cicp/brochure.html, and represents the
collective efforts of several American Universities. A companion
site for French language resources is nearly completed and will be
available soon, thanks to colleagues at Virginia Tech.
The issue is how to make this information more accessible within
Africa to scientists and extension agents, and how to offer
Africa-based scientists the opportunity to contribute to this wealth
of knowlege. Our scientist traveller is looking for interesting
ideas and suggestions, as well as people with whom to discuss this
matter while on his trip.
Countries to be visited this month are Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya,
Ethiopia, and Uganda. Next month another scientist will be making a
similar tour to Senegal, Benin, Mali, and Ghana.
Your comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Jeff @ Washington
AfricaLink -- http://www.info.usaid.gov/alnk