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Facilitating discussion on the integration of climate change and natural resources management into food security and agriculture programs: a series of events

Author: Baquet, Z.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9(1): 93-107

How do you facilitate an ongoing discussion around a complex issue such as the integration of climate change and natural resources management into food security and agriculture programs?

To address this challenge, Bureau for Food Security (BFS) of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance for Global Conservation and other partners collaborated on a linked multi-event series, Integrating Climate Change and Natural Resource Management into Feed the Future. The series of events highlighted programs, tools, and models of integrated food security programs in order to fill a critical knowledge gap around integration of these sectors.

Through the use of an inperson and online seminar series and a 2-day online discussion forum, these organizations in the development community sought to strengthen the collective knowledge base, sharing and collaboration among partners as well as to develop a community of practice around integrating climate change and natural resource management into agricultural programming.

The series had a total of 918 participants over 5 events (March to May 2011), including 21 USAID Missions covering all USAID regions. This case study describes the objectives and assumptions around the series as well as lessons learned and good practice around knowledge sharing and collaboration amongst development groups, knowledge captures and dissemination, building communities of practice, and maintaining momentum around issues.

The article also describes some of the ongoing impacts of this series on current knowledge sharing activities undertaken by BFS.