I just wanted to note the issue of scalability of the platform to accommodate mobile/table only users, as well as users that have a preference in communicating and conducting knowledge searches using these devices. These platforms are becoming ubiquitous in many parts of the world, and we will see the same in Africa if you consider the statistics provided by Justin and Paul as part of the opening statement in this discussion. I think the platform should be designed with a forward looking approach in terms of web and mobile based technologies with at least a 5 year timeframe. 5 years may be hard to gauge in terms of emerging technologies, but smart phone access and contributions to the platform need to be considered, as well as a strategy to incorporate social media into the platform design.
C. Andrew Nadeau
Senior Capacity Development Officer
Head, Capacity Development Unit
Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations