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38 countries meet anti-hunger targets for 2015

Thirty-eight countries have met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, chalking up successes ahead of a deadline set for 2015, FAO confirmed on June 12th 2013.

These countries are leading the way to a better future. They are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger”, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said. Continue reading “38 countries meet anti-hunger targets for 2015”

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Spinning through the online media universe (geeky, social and otherwise)

Twenty-four technical online communicators (aka ‘web geeks’), representing 12 of the 15 centres of the CGIAR Consortium and 5 CGIAR partner organizations, along with a dozen or so experts in various technical web-related matters, recently participated in a five-day workshop at Bioversity International, a CGIAR centre based in Maccarese, outside Rome. This was the first such meeting of CGIAR (and partner organization) staff who, just a few years ago, would probably have been called ‘webmasters’, in the sense of technicians who design or maintain websites.

TOCS Group photo
TOCS Group photo

Group picture of the participants, resource experts and facilitator (Peter Casier, middle of back row, both hands raised) of the first CGIAR Technical Online Communicators Workshop, 27–31 May 2013, Rome.

That designation has changed, however, splintering into dozens of specialities in recent years with the on-going explosion of social media and other online tools, vehicles and platforms. So ours was a motley group of people serving variously (and singly or in combinations) as ‘web developers’, ‘web designers’ or ‘web [or server] administrators’; as ‘social media coordinators’ or ‘content managers’; as ‘knowledge sharers’ or ‘workflow coordinators’. Some were more on the IT side, some more focused on user engagement; some were most interested in ensuring security, some in ensuring open access; some started as content designers, some as content writers; some are now specializing in web analytics, some in social learning. Interestingly, fully a third of the group still work mostly on originating online content (content still king?), while others now focus on ‘spinning’ the content through various social media channels (a task becoming a job on its own).

Read more on the ILRI News website HERE.

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.@GrazianodaSilva: the world needs to learn from China’s success in reducing hunger

ROME, June 3 (Xinhua) — The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said Monday that China has saved almost 100 million people from hunger, a reduction of 37.6 percent over the past two decades that puts it on track to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of halving the prevalence of poverty and hunger by 2015. Continue reading “.@GrazianodaSilva: the world needs to learn from China’s success in reducing hunger”

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What I learned from the #TOCS2013 workshop at @BioversityIntl on technical online communications

Last week I had the great opportunity of attending the Technical Online Communicators workshop of the CGIAR Consortium that was held at the Bioversity International headquarters in Rome, Italy. As usual, I blogged, tweeted, live posted everywhere I could (from Facebook to LinkedIn and Storify) what was happening at this event. Continue reading “What I learned from the #TOCS2013 workshop at @BioversityIntl on technical online communications”