Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

WELCOME ADDRESS

of

Hiroyuki Konuma
Assistant Director-General and
FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

delivered by

Vili Fuavao
Deputy Regional Representative
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

at the

Training Workshop on Open Access publishing using Open Journal Systems:
The Need For Openness in Agricultural Information Management

26 to 30 August 2013
Nonthaburi, Thailand

 

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of Mr Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director- General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, I am pleased to welcome you all to Thailand and to this training workshop on open access publishing using open journal systems.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we all know, there has been a phenomenal growth of information over the last decade. We have moved from lack of information to information overload. In the case of agriculture, which is increasingly becoming knowledge intensive, the availability of the right information, at the right time, in the right format, and through the right medium, influences and affects the livelihoods of many stakeholders involved in agriculture and related fields.

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has been promoting the “Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development”, or the CIARD initiative, in the region – together with partners such as APAARI, GFAR, SAARC and SPC – by conducting subregional workshops and capacity building initiatives. One proud achievement in recent times has been the publishing of an open access policy by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for their research outputs. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

When we were growing up, we were taught that information is power, and with this mindset we were hesitant to share our information with others. Today, that mindset has been replaced with “Sharing Information and Knowledge is Power”. In the case of information sharing, 1 plus 1 is not equal to 2, but to 11.

The Availability, Accessibility and Applicability (AAA) of agricultural research outputs is the key to addressing a range of issues related to food security. The CIARD initiative assists NARS and other organizations to make available their research outputs in ways that can be used by a variety of stakeholders to enable them to make informed decisions.

As we saw from the presentation of Dr Tayang, the workshop in Bhutan, in which many of you were participants, identified key collective actions that could be done by us to make public domain information and knowledge of agricultural research truly accessible to all. This is to maximize research outputs.

There are two types of ICT – old and new. Old ICT consists of newspapers, radio and TV which are low cost and require little skill to use. New ICT consists of networked computers, satellite-sourced communication, wireless  technology and the internet

Training would enable us to share information/knowledge through the new ICTs, while also making it adaptable so that it can be delivered using the old ICTs as well.

When we design information systems we need to be aware that ICTs, when introduced appropriately, can assist with the transfer and adoption of available knowledge and information.

I am pleased that RAP is working with a wide range of valued partners such as APAARI, GFAR, ITU and others in scheduling a series of training workshops.

I hope you all have a fruitful training course and I wish you a pleasant stay in Thailand.

Good luck and thank you.