The FSSFS project is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented by the European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA) and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF-G).
Its overall objective is to sustainably improve food, nutrition and livelihood security for rural communities in extremely fragile contexts, in Puntland State of Somalia, increasing the income of rural communities through the improvement of agricultural production, mainly concentrated on palm dates, value chain, and livestock productivity.
The Project, started at the end of 2019, will be implemented in Puntland, in the regions of Bari and Nugaal.
The European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA), in the framework of the Food Security and Sustainability in Fragile Situations (FSSFS) project, engaged PROCASUR to develop the component C “Capitalization of Knowledge and Documentation of Best Practices”.
The Knowledge Management (KM) component of the project has been led by PROCASUR with the objective of: systematizing and sharing the knowledge produced in the frame of the project, among all the actors involved to ensure Project efficiency and visibility and to improve Project performance through the building of capacities of the project staff and selected beneficiaries (local champions), and through the application of knowledge management tools.
PROCASUR supported the internal and external capacity building processes within the project, by systematically capitalizing data and by enhancing partners’ capacities to document successful experiences and to plan knowledge management and knowledge sharing activities.
PROCASUR conducted consultative meetings and a preliminary explorative mission in Garowe to fine-tune the methodology and tools as well as to assess CEFA and VSF-G needs and to integrate them into the future steps. Moreover, PROCASUR conducted a mapping of good practices and of Local Champions, through focus group discussions.
Based on the findings of these activities, a participatory virtual workshop focused on Knowledge Management Tools for Rural Development Initiatives was held in February 2021, to enhance capacity-building on PROCASUR methodologies.
PROCASUR designed and implemented an online platform to facilitate the sharing of information, data and experiences among partners of the consortium, the key actors involved in the project and the wider public. The e-FOP digital platform is a database-driven web platform for knowledge sharing providing an open environment to share, educate, learn, question, participate and collaborate in creation and consumption of community knowledge. The platform satisfies the needs of the FSSFS partners, the local champions involved in the project activities, the donors, the local authorities and the wider public.
The link to the platform is the following: e-FOP (e-fop.org)
PROCASUR managed a virtual community of practitioners (CoP) through the e-Fop internet-based platform for knowledge sharing, aiming at boosting visibility and knowledge sharing among FSSFS Project members.
To ensure Project’s sustainability PROCASUR implemented several peer-to-peer training activities:
- Two (2) systematization and reinforcement missionsunder Sub-Component B1 (Sustainable Agriculture Development) focusing on the identification and training of local champions (to support CEFA staff with the process of building pilot farms and training centres)
- Two (2) systematization and documentation missionsunder Sub-Component B2 (Sustainable Livestock Development) focusing on the documentation of main challenges and lessons learned.
- One (1) Knowledge Fair in one pilot farm under Sub-Component B1 (Sustainable Agriculture Development).
- One (1) Knowledge Exchange Visiton women business group and/or milk and meat market-oriented practices under Sub-Component B2 (Sustainable Livestock Development).”
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