An Overview on Near East Plant Protection Network (NEPP-NET)

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Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


An Overview on

Near East Plant Protection Network (NEPP
-
NET)

Magdi Latif

FAO Knowledge and Capacity for Development Division

Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension Office

FAO/RNE, Cairo, Egypt

December 2012

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations



What is
NEPP
-
NET?


Near East Plant Protection Network (NEPP
-
NET)
is a
regional
platform for
strengthening
knowledge sharing and cooperation for plant
protection target groups and stakeholders at
national and regional levels.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


NEPP
-
NET Objectives


To create a regional gateway as a single access point for plant protection
where the
different countries of the region can share a united vision of the agricultural plant
protection policies, regulations, research and innovations that will support
agricultural development and food security at a country level.



To facilitate plant protection knowledge sharing and information exchange for
stakeholders at national and regional levels
through the development of a thematic
plant protection knowledge management system for the collection, management
and dissemination of information/knowledge on advances in agricultural plant
protection research and innovation results that will support strengthening
performance of farmers and agrarian businesses.



To establish functional mechanism for cooperation and enhancement of
communication and exchange of experiences and good practices on plant
protection
among different countries in the region in support of agricultural
development and food security.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations





NEPP
-
NET expected Outcomes


Prevent redundancy and duplication,


Create access to research information, knowledge
and innovations,


Ensure maximum knowledge sharing among
various agricultural research institutes, programs
and personnel on regional, national and institutional
levels,


Provide enable environment for good
coordination
and Cooperation.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


NEPP
-
NET
Stakeholders


Policy
-
makers in agriculture and rural development, especially in
the MOA and NARIs.


Plant Protect Department
heads and professional technical
officers within the MOA and NARIs.


Other Ministries related to rural development.


Universities and colleges with
agricultural plant protection
-
related
faculties and departments.


Farmers’ and producers’ organizations.


Credit and marketing associations and Chambers of Commerce.


Private sector involved in agricultural
plant protection.


Non
-
Governmental Organizations involved in agricultural
plant
protection for agricultural development
and food security.


Regional and International Organizations involved in agricultural
development and food
security and General
Public.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Near East Plant Protection Network (NEPP
-
NET)



Strengthening the capacity of
the plant protection institutes in
the
Ministry of Agriculture and Other Stakeholders



Development and management of relevant and effective
regional plant protection knowledge management
system in
support of agricultural development and food security policies


Achievements
:



Networked all
plant protection institutions
through a
regional gateway

Multilingual (Arabic and English)
knowledge
management system
implemented in
NEPP
-
NET

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


NEPP
-
NET
Interfaces

1
-

Front end Interface:


The front end components provide the information
browsing and retrieval functionalities, and are
available to any site user.


2
-

Back end Interface:


The backend components provide the data
management functionalities that enable system
administrators to input/update/delete data items
into the
NEPP
-
NET
database. These components are
accessible by system administrators only.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


News

Events

Extension
Bulletins

Media
Centre

Online
News

Online
Events

RSS

Collaborative

Country
Reports

Links

Focal Points

Publications

Projects

Experts

Institutions

NEPP
-
NET

Modules


Success
Stories

Good
Practices

About

Marquee

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


NEPP
-
NET FRONT END

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


NEPP
-
NET BACKEND

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations



AGMES


Agricultural Metadata Element Set


AGRIS Application Profile


AGROVOC Arabic/English


Real Simple Syndicate
-

RSS


Open Archives Initiative Compliance


Online Web services


Software


MySQL Open
Source


CIARD

Manifesto and a common set of
Principles


Information Standards and Tools

for Content Management

www.fao.org/aims

To develop and promote interoperability standards
to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content.

interoperability is connecting
people, data and diverse
systems.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Mobilizing and Providing Access to
Agricultural Information


AGRIS


Providing agricultural research and development
institutions with an avenue to publish and disseminate
the outputs of their work



AGORA
-

Providing access to the world’s scientific
literature in agriculture in peer
-
reviewed learned
journals




CIARD


Providing
commitment
to
promote the sharing
of data, information, and knowledge in a global network
of truly public collections of information, based on a
Manifesto and a common set of Principles.




Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Coherence in Information for Agricultural

Research

for Development (CIARD)

Availability
:


Information is stored in digital format
s,

with clearly defined copyright,
managed in one or more institutionally
-
owned, thematic or other repositories, built
and

structured according to accepted international standards.



Accessibility
:


Information is openly accessible for all users, and easily located via the
Internet from outside the institution using tools and services adopted by the international
community.

Applicability
:

Research planning, implementation and communication are an inclusive
process bringing together all perspectives and knowledge. Research outputs and
messages are adapted for easy access, use and re
-
use by different stakeholders,
increasing the public benefits derived from the research.

Partners

in the CIARD initiative have
made a collective commitment

to
promote the sharing of data, information, and knowledge in a

global network of truly public collections of information, based on a

Manifesto and a common set of Principles.

Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Success Factors for Regional Network

1.
Commitment for contribution/collaboration at national level;

2.
Focus on capacity building at national level;

3.
Existence of a regional information strategy;

4.
Development of a Secretariat role for regional activities;

5.
Focus on community of practice amongst the info specialists;

6.
Raising awareness of ICM issues at Manager./political levels;

7.
Formation of strategic partnerships amongst the major


stakeholder organizations.


Near East Plant Protection Network for Regional Cooperation & Knowledge Sharing


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Thank You for your Attention