Today online knowledge hubs help to ensure that as many people as possible have open access to research findings and practical advice. Knowledge hubs are effective in fostering communities of practice as they bring together and link people with similar knowledge and needs, and provide them with a vehicle that facilitates knowledge and technology exchange across networks of researchers, governments and communities. Within these virtual knowledge hubs, shared knowledge is stored and disseminated.
Building on its past experience, ICBA is working on compiling, utilizing and sharing its accumulated knowledge through knowledge hubs that serve the needs of marginal environments and smallholder farmers living off these lands. These knowledge hubs aim to solve problems by generating and disseminating knowledge and providing a platform for sharing solutions.
Our vision is that by 2020, we will have established the following knowledge hubs:
- MAWRED - a data and training hub that provides insight on water, crop production, climate change and droughts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
- Wastewater Reuse - a regional platform that facilitates sharing results, information, lessons learned, and best practices on wastewater reuse in the MENA region.
- Biosaline Agriculture - a one-stop shop for information and open discussions on the various halophytes, and salt-tolerant varieties of popular crops.
Our knowledge hubs will utilize the latest digital technologies to enable virtual meetings, workshops, conferences, webinars, e-forums, and the establishment of a knowledge repository that will contain open learning materials and information.