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GFAR/TAP Webinar – Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia


TAP and GFAR are pleased to invite you to the webinar:

Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development
for Agricultural Innovation
through TAPipedia

Date: 7 November 2017

Time: 11:30 AM Rome time (GMT +1)

Duration: 1.5 hours


The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with GFAR, is preparing a webinar to present TAPipedia, a global information system to enhance knowledge sharing in support of developing capacities for agricultural innovation, established with support of the EU-funded project Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation System (CDAIS). TAP is an active partner in GFAR’s efforts in fostering collective actions to improve capacity in agri-food research and innovation.

The webinar on ‘Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) through TAPipedia aims to raise awareness of the role of TAPipedia in disseminating innovative and systemic approaches for capacity development. TAPipedia, developed in the context of TAP and hosted by GFAR, is a portal in three languages (English, French and Spanish) that allows TAP partners and other stakeholders to share their own applied and context specific CD for AIS resources and to get acquainted with similar knowledge from other sources, partners and regions.. TAPipedia also assists TAP members to present, explain and promote the TAP Common Framework on CD for AIS and its practical approach to Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation aimed at harmonizing the diversity of existing CD strategies through an AIS perspective. TAPipedia focuses on facilitation, learning, documentation and knowledge management to increase innovation capacities of individuals, organisations and of the environment that enables them to operate.

To optimize the search options for users and to harvest relevant resources from partners’ repositories, 54 terms were selected for the TAPipedia taxonomy through a participatory process among TAP experts.

TAPipedia_logoIn this webinar, TAPipedia’s main features will be presented, focusing particularly on the interactive section explaining the TAP Common Framework, which is currently being tested in eight countries of the CDAIS project, and other key resources developed under TAP and the CDAIS project.  In addition, experiences from the CDAIS project regarding the use and relevance of TAPipedia will be shared.

At the end of the webinar, it is expected that participants will be encouraged to explore the portal, to discover its resources, to register to the TAPipedia network and to share their relevant material.

Host: Karin Nichterlein, TAP Secretariat and CDAIS Lead Technical Officer, will give a brief introduction to TAPipedia within the context of TAP.

Moderator: Peter Casier

Presentations (1 hour):

  • Brief introduction to TAPipedia within the context of TAP, by Karin Nichterlein, TAP Secretariat – 15 min
  • Presentation of the interactive section of TAPipedia, including presentation of the factsheets and tools belonging to the TAP CD for AIS cycle, by Giulia Palestini, TAP Secretariat – 15 min
  • Presentation of the Trainer’s Manual: Facilitating Capacity Needs Assessment and other resources related to the CDAIS project, by Hans Dobson, AGRINATURA/NRI – 15 min
  • Sharing experiences on TAPipedia from Bangladesh, by Nasreen Sultana, CDAIS Bangladesh – 15 min

Questions and answers (Q&A) (25 minutes)

Closing remarks (5 min)

Participants are encouraged to send questions and comments in advance of the presentation at During the presentations we will collect additional questions from the online audience. The moderator will facilitate the discussion with the participants and presenters during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Register fast! Our webinar is limited to 100 participants.

You can register for this webinar by filling in this simple registration form.

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About the GFAR webinars

Our webinars are open to Partners in GFAR as well as other nonprofit organisations or individuals working in the area of agriculture, ecosystems and sustainable development. They are attended by scientists, students, communications staff as well as agricultural practitioners.

The webinars present the work of Partners in GFAR and show how our partners are working together towards shared GFAR goals. If your organisation is not a Partner in GFAR yet, join now!

We do not ask for a webinar participation fee, but request all participants to actively engage in the online discussions during the webinars.

The webinars are moderated via BlueJeans, an online tool running within any internet browser. It only requires participants to have a good and reliable Internet connection and a computer running any browser.

Topics of our past program-related GFAR webinars include:

Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity Between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems
Closing the gender data gap for agricultural policy and investment
Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators
Building a bridge between scientists and communicators
Beyond decision making: Foresight as a process for improving attitude towards change
Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor

Beyond these program-focused webinars, we have also organised an extensive set on communications topics. Check out the playlist of all past GFAR webinars on YouTube!


GFAR, the unique multi-stakeholder global forum on agri-food research and innovation, is working to improve communication and learning from best practices and innovations within and among the 14 constituencies that form the Partners in GFAR. One of the ways we are doing this is through a series of year-round, high quality, and thought-provoking webinars.  By opening channels for the Partners in GFAR to share their work, interests and visions with a world-wide community and join others in addressing what concerns them, we aim to step up engagement in collective actions for change. 

Each webinar brings together professionals and specialists to discuss topics that can make a difference in shaping the global agenda on research and innovation in agriculture, food and rural development. For more information contact Charles Plummer (Charles.Plummer(at)

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