What's the value of agricultural research if no one knows about it? As the old proverb goes, what's the sound of a tree falling in an empty forest?
Unfortunately, doing great research isn't enough. We need to communicate what we do beyond peer-reviewed papers - especially our international work in the SIMLESA project. So recently, the Queensland Farming Systems Research group teamed up with our media & communications colleagues to produce an audio-visual story for SIMLESA called The Science of Growing Food in Africa.
What's the story?
In June 2016, FSR team members attended the SIMLESA conference in Arusha, Tanzania. Project staff from all over Africa were present to take stock on the work since 2010. We brought along cameras and voice recorders, and interviewed project staff from different countries to hear personal stories about the impact of SIMLESA. These recordings, along with photos from field visits have now become an audio visual story on SIMLESA which you can read and listen to here. The story also provides access to reports from each country on the advances in understanding conservation agriculture and several policy briefs for Africa and Australia based on the research findings.
What has been the reaction?
The work being undertaken by FSR and all our colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and national agricultural research organisations of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique are receiving more attention from donors and other researchers, and hopefully readers of this FSR blog will get to know more about one of our biggest projects.