What prominent CA Practitioners are saying about this website:

 

Eric Kueneman, FAO:

EricAnybody who knows anything about Conservation Agriculture will know how many kinds of information and knowledge management tools are required to engage with the subject in a holistic manner. Yet, most CA websites are one-way 'broadcasters' of only a few kinds of CA information for you to read passively. If, instead, you are looking for a communal knowledge processor that will enable you to do things with your and other people's information - if you are looking for a comprehensive CA knowledge filing and sharing system, then you have come to the right place because the profound beauty and power of this CA.EcoPort system and service is its 'invisible hand' that ensures that all of us can know what any one of us knows.

 

 

 


Rolf Derpsch:

RolfFarmers who invent and practice CA are applied ecologists. They are constantly doing research to find and apply solutions that will enable them to intensify the production of their farms in a profitable and sustainable way. The effectiveness of the theories they apply and the way they work their natural capital are measured by practical outcomes and in financial terms, in the bottom lines of critical family budgets. If their practice is not right - both in the short- and long-term, they will perish, whereas their academic counterparts only have to publish not to perish.

 

These frontline ecologists and those who do research to understand complex, on-farm ecosystems and processes, as well as the intermediate outsiders who work as advisors to farmer ecologists - not to mention the real CA ecologists themselves, can all benefit from having a system and service such as CA.EcoPort.

 

http://www.rolf-derpsch.com


Dirk Lange, UFH:

DirkI've been using EcoPort for nine years now. It provides information that helps me make practical decisions such as which Green Manure Cover crop (GMCC) to use in which rotation. It also enables me to write documents that have many dimensions of added value beyond common 2-dimensional WORD documents and static web pages. As this eArticle illustrates, I am now master of my own fate, i.e. I am a webmaster who can, dynamically in real-time, write my own web pages without having to rely on an intermediate html expert. I can publish my pictures and write mini web page captions for them as in this picture.

 

Now, in the true sense of the word, I am personally empowered to use and control the www as an authoring medium instead of being relegated to using it like a well from which I can only withdraw information. I know of no other information management tool that can enable and empower me in this way. One thing is certain: EcoPort allows me, and enhances my capacity to get on with my real passion: Conservation Agriculture field work!


Hendrik Smith (ARC):

Like any other working scientist, I have to keep track of references and reprints, file notes about things I read, manage information I want to use when I publish, make sense of my web surfing, organise contacts and correspondence and deal with the output from my digital camera :-)

 

I don't have a computer program that can do all of this in an integrating way - certainly not one that I could fiddle with in the way that any one of us can write something in wikipedia. (And clearly wikipedia does not cater for the list of functional needs partially listed above.)

 

Even if such a system were available to me inside my own organisation, fire walls and all sorts of territorial and intellectual property considerations would severely inhibit practical 'collective banking' of information in a way that would (i) eliminate duplication and (ii) assembly of shared data into branded knowledge products.

That's why we are still stuck in silos: a problem to which CA.EcoPort is both the antidote and the solution.


Theodor Friedrich (FAO):

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is based on globally valid principles but nothing more. Each actual practice is situation and location specific and has to be developed by farmers in each situation. This requires a lot of information and experience and the creation of a lot of situation specific knowledge. Some of that knowledge might be applicable and useful for other farmers and other applications. This is where the CA-EcoPort knowledge management system comes into the picture: it provides a unique opportunity for anyone to contribute information, document their knowledge and share their successes and failures thereby to help accelerate the development of successful local practices. CA-EcoPort does not depend on central information creation, but it is built up by a global community of practice of followers of the same idea, in our case CA.

With these characteristics CA-EcoPort has the potential to become one day the most powerful knowledge platform for CA. As such it can contribute to an accelerated uptake of Conservation Agriculture worldwide.


Amir Kassan (Reading University):

CA.EcoPort has brought home to me just how different information arrangement & presentation (IAP) is from knowledge conception & construction (KCC). Like Janus, we pass from one world (authoring in private) to the other (publishing). Those who read our finished products, do not see the pile of information from which we distilled the final presentation. The illustrations we collected, considered but rejected stay in our offices until we retire or die.

 

Into this traditional duality comes CA.EcoPort, empowering us to construct knowledge and enabling us to publish both conventional printed documents and interactive hypertext-enabled web pages.

 

Given my habit of reading web pages as if they were pages in a book, but with hyperlinks replacing footnotes, end-notes, citation quotes, boxes and appendices etc., I am fascinated by CA.EcoPort as a communal library and fully equipped knowledge assembly workshop to facilitate the 'writing' dimension of my professional life.

 


Richard Fowler (RSA):

Conservation Agriculture practitioners and promoters are known for their willingness to share expertise and experience. A problem which I have encountered when working with large- and small-scale farmers throughout especially Africa and the Americas, however, has been the effective collation and dissemination of such expertise and experience - partly as a result of language, objectives and agro-ecological zones, but also as there has been no one place where findings can be placed and consequently found.

 

EcoPort's Conservation Agriculture site has already proven itself to be such a place, and its ease of accessibility and intended comprehensive cover of this complex but commonsense-based agricultural system make it potentially an immensely powerful tool for the eco-friendly management of this planet's resources and the empowerment of especially the poor and marginalized.