Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension



The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) [link:] is a partnership-based e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management and exchange of agricultural information and knowledge.

IMARK consists of a suite of e-learning modules and associated resources on information management and knowledge sharing. IMARK is being developed in partnership with other development agencies and the modules are available free of charge on the IMARK website and on CD in multiple languages.

In addition to IMARK, the Office of Knowledge Exchange (OEK) collaborates with other FAO units and external partners for the creation of e-learning modules in areas of FAO technical expertise. To date OEK has supported the development of e-learning courses covering Food Security, the Right to Food, Codex Alimentarius, and on the Impact Assessment of Large-scale Programmes for Food Security. Several other modules are under development.

OEK has developed a wide range of partnerships including with UN and international agencies, national and regional partners, and is actively consolidating partnerships with a number of academic and training institutions. OEK and FAO’s Human Resources Division co-deliver e-learning to FAO staff.



The Office of Knowledge Exchange (OEK) has been organizing training sessions in knowledge sharing methods and collaborative tools. More about methods and tools is in the Knowledge Sharing toolkit (, a joint initiative of FAO, CGIAR and KM4Dev to pull together practitioner knowledge about them. The Office can guide FAO Staff on methods and tools to use to support the work of the Organization and can also help by conducting training in methods and tools based on the specific needs of a team, group, unit, division or department.



Improving Web accessibility means that it is easier for people with disabilities to use the Web. Many people with disabilities (such as visual or physical disabilities) use assistive technologies to help them navigate the internet; people with visual impairments may use screen readers for example. Designing Web sites that are flexible enough to meet different user needs also ensures that they are: optimized for indexing by search engines, increasing visibility in search results; easier to access with low-bandwidth connections; optimized for display on mobile devices, such as iPhones. OEK is providing advice and training to ensure that the FAO web site conforms with such web quality accessibility criteria.