In 2004, FARA’s assessment of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in Africa showed that 42% of African agricultural research institutions had weak information management capacities. 77% had unsatisfactory, unreliable and – if available – very slow internet connections in their institutions. Very few had the skills to access internet effectively. In 2012, FARA conducted another study in 15 countries to look into the capacities of NARS in information and knowledge management. Although the methodologies used were different, it showed that NARS capacities in ICT have improved but require further investment to be more competitive in a knowledge-based economy.
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