ERIC Number: ED459313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-9
Reference Count: N/A
The Virtual Research and Extension Communication Network (VRECN): An Interactive Learning and Communication Network for Research and Extension Personnel. Concept Paper for the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
A Virtual Research and Extension Communication Network (VRECN) is a set of networked electronic tools facilitating improvement in communication processes and information sharing among stakeholders involved in agricultural development. In developing countries, research and extension personnel within a ministry of agriculture, in consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders, can develop and implement a VRECN. The tools are artifacts of a planned and ongoing process of stakeholder involvement in mapping communication- and information-sharing relationships and identifying critical relationships that require improvement to reach agricultural development and food security goals. Creating a VRECN in a developing country requires a planned process of stakeholder engagement, multi-stakeholder assessments of communication and information needs, and collaborative workshops to determine the desired characteristics of a VRECN, management relationships, and development partnerships. Six steps are to conduct project preparation, information technology assessment, and VRECN prototype development; identify product and services for VRECN; create VRECN prototype and directory; evaluate product and services; identify and secure staff support; and evaluate project. A number of tangible products result from a preplanned process for creating a VRECN, particularly through efforts to establish stakeholder needs assessments and collaborative working groups. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Production, Agriculture, Computer Networks, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Information Needs, Information Networks, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Implementation, Stakeholders, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: TeleCommons Development Group, Guelph (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada; India