Knowledge Management involves the people, processes and enabling technologies necessary to create, capture, manage, share, and find information. Since knowledge has become a critical asset and potential strategic resource for forward-looking organizations, we must manage our knowledge base and repositories effectively to gain long- term competitive advantage. Knowledge management is embedded into AGRA’s operations to ensure that structures, systems, tools, and capacity exist to extract information from a central repository, format and filter it into a user-friendly form for different levels of partners and stakeholders as well as providing evidence for management strategic decision making. It assists AGRA to protect and exploit what it knows and channel its efforts towards aligning its knowledge products/assets to its needs. Knowledge Management is embedded into AGRA’s Business processes in the grant management cycle, in the job descriptions at different levels and into the staff performance management system, as a skill in staff competence performance and in the management of staff turnover without losing knowledge.
AGRA Knowledge Management System builds on internally focused knowledge management primarily to allow a fast learning and continuous improvement of the way we do business and our performance. AGRA is a major actor in agricultural transformation and therefore it needs to use the convening power and clout to ensure agriculture momentum is enhanced and sustained.
With the approaches, methods, and tools at hand, AGRA speaks authoritatively to agriculture transformation in practice. It has the evidence and factors that trigger a change that has supported and continues to be analyzed and systematized. AGRA’s external KM includes its partnerships with development actors and other knowledge organizations (e.g. business partners, CGIAR centers, Universities, think tanks, private sector organizations, AUC/NEPAD, CAADP etc.) with whom it joins hands in developing knowledge products and influencing the bigger agendas. AGRA provides knowledge leadership in specific issues, and spread its knowledge and nurture a broad alliance of actors driving the green revolution.
The internal Knowledge Management provides the foundation for the external Knowledge Management role AGRA continues to play. Communication continues to be an integral part of internal Knowledge Management as well as key aspects of M&E. External and internal Knowledge Management needs are integrated into bringing to life the Knowledge Management system. The Knowledge Management system has enhanced performance measurement and reporting of AGRA’s investments while ensuring that lessons, best practices, and other knowledge assets are captured and incorporated into future initiatives and by so doing enhance AGRA’s ability to innovate. A decentralized Knowledge Management system is linked to all the operations and processes within AGRA in order to fully take advantage of the knowledge from the farmers. The decentralized system is more adaptive, more innovative, and more capable to deal with complex environments at the country level.