Knowledge Management Program
SEARCA's Knowledge Management (KM) program promotes a learning culture, knowledge creation, and knowledge sharing and use among key actors in agricultural and rural development (ARD) in Southeast Asia.
For SEARCA's Tenth Five-Year Plan (2014-2019), its KM Program focuses on the broad strategic theme of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) with an aim to link science, practice and policy toward food and nutrition security and rural poverty reduction in the region.
Key ARD actors include farmer leaders and champions; local and national agricultural extensionists and researchers; policy researchers and advisers; program developers; implementers and planners; and policymakers in public, private and civil society organizations.
Providing avenues for learning and knowledge sharing
SEARCA's KM Program provides opportunities for professionals and policymakers to update themselves and discuss contemporary issues and science-based perspectives on ISARD, strengthen their leadership competencies, and hone their research capabilities. These opportunities include:
- Learning and knowledge events for key champions and stakeholders to advance ISARD in Southeast Asia
- Online and blended courses
While SEARCA continues to develop learning initiatives for policymakers, researchers, academicians, trainers, and other key stakeholders in response to emerging issues in ISARD, its KM Program is also concerned with the outcomes and impacts of the Center's short-term learning initiatives. In line with monitoring and evaluating such outcomes and impacts, SEARCA's KM Program endeavors to:
- Equip ISARD stakeholders to enable them to document and package their ISARD practices, protocols, and insights/lessons for knowledge sharing and policy advocacy
- Track outcomes and impacts of learning and knowledge-sharing via events and knowledge products on ISARD in Southeast Asia
Sharing science-based information and knowledge
Providing access to science-based information and knowledge on ISARD in SEAMEO member countries constitute a major part of SEARCA's KM Program. This is done by harvesting research findings, best practices and insightful lessons from SEARCA's conferences, seminars, learning events, and research projects into knowledge and learning resources to make these accessible via the following:
- A semi-annual refereed journal
- Other scholarly publications (print and online formats) in agricultural and rural development in the region
- Virtual knowledge centers:
Promoting knowledge creation and scholarly productivity
Through its KM Program, SEARCA encourages and supports knowledge creation and intellectual and scholarly productivity through:
- Vibrant scientific exchange and knowledge creation through seminars and conferences that address contemporary issues and challenges, especially toward informing policy
- A live network of agricultural and rural development experts and key actors Southeast Asia
- Partnerships and working relationships with global and Southeast Asian institutions and experts in advancing KM for ISARD