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Fostering a community of practice around drought information tools

Monday, June 9, 2014

This project develops a  Drought  Information  Community  of  Practice  (DICoP).  This community of practice would bring together researchers and practitioners working to improve the development and delivery of drought information for societal decision making in Chile, Kenya, and Jordan, creating opportunities for shared learning and the identification of new research opportunities.  

As a means to advance research and facilitate knowledge sharing, the DICoP will engage in four specific activities: the convening of annual meetings, face-to-face training sessions, the creation of online resources, and the development of joint research proposals.     The  DICoP  will  achieve  this  by  leveraging  resources  and  expertise  from  existing  networks,  including  UNESCO’s CGIAR  research  program  on  Climate  Change,  Agriculture  and  Food  Security.    In  doing  so,  the  DICoP  will  help  to  develop  national  and  regional  partnerships,  build  cooperative  partnerships,  and  create  opportunities  for  students,  both  at  Columbia  University  and  abroad,  to  be  trained  in  the  use  and  development  of  such  tools  for  improved  decision  making. Students will also be exposed to cutting-edge research on this topic and engage with researchers working on drought related issues around the world.     

While PGIF project funding will support DICoP activities over three years, the network is  expected  to  be  able  to  maintain  collaborative  research  and  networking  activities  even  after  the  project  has  ended.  This  will  be  facilitated  through  online  forums  developed  as  part of the project; members will also continue to collaborate on joint research projects  developed  under  the  auspices  of  the  DICoP.  Community  of  practice  member  will  also  have opportunities to funnel knowledge and expertise gained as part of the project into  other networks, including CCAFS, CSP, and GZWADI, already connected to the project. In  this  way,  the  knowledge  and  lessons  generated  as  part  of  the  DICoP  will  be  multiplied  throughout the wider community.   


Senior Research Scientist in the International Research Institute for Climate and SocietyInterim Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center in the Earth Institute
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