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IMARK is an e-learning initiative in agricultural information management developed by FAO and partner organizations.
photo The IMARK module entitled "Investing in Information for Development" provides the knowledge and awareness required to support individuals responsible for formulating improved information management strategies within their organizations and through partnerships.

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Target Audience
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  • Policymakers;
  • Senior managers;
  • Information managers; and
  • Trainers
working in the following organizations:
  • governmental agencies (Agriculture, Education, Information and/or Planning Ministries);
  • academic and research institutions;
  • universities;
  • extension organizations;
  • documentation, publishing, and IT centres;
  • non-governmental organizations; and international organizations.


Module Content
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Unit 1 - How to invest in Information for Development
This unit is an overview of the main issues that will be covered during the Module.

Unit 2 - Information Strategy
This unit examines the main issues a manager has to address during the process of developing, implementing and communicating an Information Strategy.

Unit 3 - Information Access
This unit provides an overview of the activities involved in Information Access. Among the aspects considered, are the various sources of information, and how to reduce the costs of information acquisition.

Unit 4 - Information Dissemination
This Unit provides an overview of the issues involved in Information Dissemination. In particular, it examines the ones brought about by the transition from print to digital media.

Unit 5 - Organization and Management
This unit takes into consideration key management issues, such as organizational capacity, creation of partnerships and alliances, and training and retention of staff.

Unit 6 - Evaluating an Information Project
This unit takes into consideration some of the methods that can be used to carry out an effective evaluation of an information project.


Resources
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The Module curriculum was designed and developed by experts and institutions from an internationally widespread community.


Partners
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The Module curriculum was designed and developed by experts and institutions from an internationally widespread community.

The main contributors and authors are from the following Organizations:
Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement   International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)   Ministère français des Affaires étrangères et européennes (MAEE) Ministère français des Affaires étrangères et européennes (MAEE)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)   Wageningen University and Research Centre Wageningen University and Research Centre
Deutsche Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH   United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture      


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