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When I interviewed Willem Bettink - one of the co-organizers of the Second Global AgriKnowledge Share Fair just before he left for his well deserved summer holidays, I could not imagine that we would all have an intense working holiday.

As it turns out, those of us on the road and those in the office, have been glued to our computers, Blackberries and emails. And we've done so with gusto and pleasure!

So, you are wondering what the share fair steering committee is up to? Well, apart from being glued to our electronic devices, the organizing committee composed of colleagues from Bioversity, CGIAR, CTA, FAO, IFAD,and WFP,  is finalizing the share fair programme which promises to be an exciting four day event, taking place from 26-29 September 2011 at IFAD headquarters. 

We love suspense, so you need to wait a bit more to get the full-fledged programme, but in the meantime just to whet your appetite here are some of the highlights of this unique event:

  • a number of prominent personalities will share their inspiring experiences and insights 
  • colleagues from all over the world in over 150 sessions, will share their knowledge and wisdom on a variety of rural development and agriculture related topics such as: food security, climate change, environmental friendly innovations, emerging trends in use of ICTs, new technologies and innovative agricultural and farming practices, market access, water, livestock, knowledge sharing, networks and communities of practice
  • participants can benefit from numerous training sessions on knowledge sharing methods, social media tools, emerging trends and lessons learnt 
  • stunning art for AIDS exhibit
  • lots and lots of social reporting - you will see knowledge sharing methods and social media tools put to practice.... We WALK the TALK!!
We'll be webcasting the plenary sessions and a team of social reporters will bring you live this four day event. We'll be using a number of social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and more. Make sure you follow #sfrome. 

And we hope to see you all in Rome. If you do not want to miss this event, please make sure you register. For now goodbye and good night. A presto as they say in Italian!


  1. Percy Young said:
  2. Should think about scholarships or sponsrships for Changemakers, Rural Development Practitioners, and other influence People in developping countries.

  3. Anonymous said:
  4. An other interesting fair is this one
    fruit attraction 2011, in Madrid,Spain

  5. Anonymous said:
  6. An other interesting fair is this one
    feria internacional
    fruit attraction 2011, in Madrid,Spain

  7. I am really looking forward to participate in the Share Fair and to share and exchange knowledge and experiences from the region where I work, the Caribbean. The current project (Special Framework of Assistance SFA 2006) is EU funded and implemented by FAO covering a wide range of support to development in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Grenada.