Work Package 6
Communication/dissemination/capacity building and maximization of the EWA-BELT
impact at the UN level
The goals of WP6 are:
Defining of concrete and comprehensively targeted messages;
Design of an integrative external communication strategy;
Design of an effective dissemination and exploitation strategy;
Give visibility to all project actions, raise awareness, strengthen the capacity and foster innovation on SI in African farming systems.
Tasks and role of partners
Partners involved: OCCAM, UNISS, ACRA, CRAN, IRD, AUTH, UNB, INERA , UNIMAK, CSIR-SARI, KDC, KALRO, UoN, NMAIST, TARI, HU, JU, ICRAF, ST-I, CIRAD
WP Leader: Pierpaolo Saporito
WP Co-Leader: Giovanna Seddaiu
Task 6.1: Communication activities (M4-M48)
Lead partner: OCCAM; Participants: All partners
Communication activities, aiming at raising visibility of project information and findings to the various audiences, including groups beyond the project community, will be planned at the beginning of the Project and included in the Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan. EWA-BELT will realize a special layer in the PLANTHEAD platform (see Task 3.1), where it will be possible to collect all information received periodically from the partners and store them in the database, open for internal consultations. Once a month the main results will be spread by the project editorial staff. In particular, the official website will be built as the main focus for institutional reference, where people will be able to find the map of the entire communication system and the flow of info (official statements, results, events and the phases of advancement of the project). Key messages will be oriented to four main groups of interest: academic and scientific field, governments and institutions, press, civil society and general public.
Task 6.2: Dissemination activities (M2-M48)
Lead partner: UNISS; Participants: All partners
Sub-Task 6.2.1: Project international workshops
Sub-Task 6.2.2: Publications
Sub-Task 6.2.3: Participation in conferences and events at the African and International level
Sub-Task 6.2.4: Collaboration in the implementation of the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) and other organizations
Sub-Task 6.2.5: EWA-BELT events and final conference
Thematic international workshops will be organized as side events of General Assemblies (GA), at least once a year, to deepen technical issues on specific topics. Publishing on high-ranking open access reviewed international scientific journal to disseminate EWA BELT results will be ensured by partners according to the advancement of project and specific subjects of interest. Other educational articles will be published in ad hoc local and regional magazines. Partners will participate in several African conferences such as Smart Africa, FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit, Women in Tech Africa, Africa Tech Summit Kigali, MEST Africa Summit and other events organised by the African Union, the UN and other relevant organizations to disseminate project achievements as planned in the Communication. Dissemination and Exploitation Plan. EWA-BELT outputs and best practice will be shared with projects funded under the same EWA-BELT topic, and the topics related to SFS-33-2018 and SFS-34-2019 calls in order to contribute to maximise the impact of FNSSA. National Stakeholder Assemblies (NSA) will be also organized by each African partner twice during the project, supported by the Regional Boards, to ensure a broadest base of stakeholders at different levels, thus maximizing the impact of the EWA-NELT action. The NSAs will be the chance to promote exchange of information and ideas, discussions on critical issues and spread project results.
Task 6.3: Exploitation, scenarios and recommendations for greater uptake of innovations (M7-M45)
Lead partner: CRAN; Participants: All partners
A plan for an efficient exploitation of Project outputs and results will be developed to ensure their usability by a broad number of end-users and stakeholders beyond the life of the project, and their transformation into significant improvements of knowledge and wealth of local populations. Two workshops will focus on key questions related to the barriers and drivers influencing the transition to more sustainable agricultural systems in Africa and consider how the diffusion of the innovations can be supported by national Knowledge Transfer Systems. To ensure that the resulting policy recommendations comply with sustainability objectives, issues of equity, distributional effects, economic benefits, environmental justice, legitimacy, and political representation will be investigated. The results will be drafted into a specific policy paper to support bottom-up and multi-actor innovation in IPDM. The policy paper will be shared at African and European level, to strengthen the FNSSA partnership, but also at UN level, during the last Infopoverty World Conference (IWC24) at UNHQ in New York.
Task 6.4: Capacity building (M7-M42)
Lead partner: UNISS; Participants: ST; ACRA; IRD; CRAN; CIRAD; AUTH; UNB; INERA; UNIMAK; CSIR-SARI; KDC; KALRO; UoN; NM-AIST; TARI; HU; JU
As transversal support to the dissemination and exploitation activities (Task 6.2 and Task 6.3), this Task aims to enhance the capacity of local farmers, agricultural actors, young researchers, technicians and students. The EWA-BELT projects has two different levels of capacity building, developed simultaneously:
Capacity building activities in FFRU on tested innovative agricultural and livestock practices to reach SI. These activities will be addressed to farmers and other local stakeholders within each FFRU;
Participatory workshops: The workshops will be addressed to about 30 participants (4 from each African countries and 6 EU countries), all belonging to the FFRUs and who will attend on a voluntary basis.
Task 6.5: FFRU’s enlivenment and knowledge sharing (M4-M45)
Lead partner: ACRA; Participants: UNB; INERA; UNIMAK; CSIR-SARI; KDC; KALRO; UoN; NM-AIST; TARI; HU; JU
A key aspect tackled by EWA-BELT project will be the strong engagement of end users, technicians, practitioners and farmers within the FFRUs where knowledge will be shared through a set of face-to-face learning activities supported by trained facilitators. Initial knowledge sharing events will be organized in the FFRUs, based on participatory approaches (M6-M18) to start sharing and testing the utility and role of the innovations identified in WP2 and WP3 to contribute to improve the Knowledge Transfer Systems (KTS) and increase the dialogue among farmers, scientists, technicians and policy makers.
Task 6.6: Maximization of the EWA-BELT impact at the UN level (M5-M46)
Lead partner: OCCAM; Participants: All partners
During the annual Infopoverty World Conference (IWC) organized by OCCAM at UNHQ in NY, a special session will be devoted to the promotion and dissemination of the EWA-BELT activities and results. The Project progresses will be presented and discussed during the conferences IWC21, IWC22, IWC23 and IWC24 (where the policy paper resulting from Task 6.3 will be shared). Thanks to these events, the impact of EWA-BELT results will be maximized considering the participation of high level politicians (Ministers and Presidents) and Ambassadors while the world live-streaming will ensure the project visibility at global level. Events will also strengthen both the East and West African BELT on SI and the international cooperation, opening new spaces for lobbying and advocacy. Role of participants: OCCAM, as organizing institution of the IWC at UN level, will lead this Task supported by all partners to ensure the largest visibility of the EWA-BELT activities and results at global level.