IMARK website offers one more free course on agricultural information and knowledge management

Laureene Reeves Ndagire

Among the 11 courses available for free from the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) website, CTA support has enabled the French version of the online course ‘Strategic Approaches to Agricultural Information’. The course was adapted by Cirad and funded jointly by CTA and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

IMARK is a partnership-based e-learning initiative that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviours and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management. The main objective of IMARK is to develop the capacities of individuals and support institutions worldwide, in effective knowledge and information management.

IMARK consists of a suite of free e-learning courses available online, on CD-ROM and as a downloadable package. The e-learning courses are being developed using the latest pedagogical models and methodologies, and provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning.

Established in 2002, IMARK now consists of 13 international organisations: the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (Cirad), the Research and Technological Exchange Group (GRET), the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Francophone University Agency (AUF), Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Development Research Institute (IRD), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and FAO.

CTA is represented on the Steering Committee of IMARK by Thierry Doudet and Krishan Bheenick.