When it comes to capacity strengthening for grassroots organizations, a number of issues need to be considered. Should training activities be short and focused, or on-going? Are stakeholders ready and willing to learn and change? How does team learning/training compare to individual training? Bottom-up approaches that help the organisation build their own capacity, the full integration of the organisation's/group's own vision, mission, aims and objectives into the capacity building programmes, and the need to take asystemic approach by considering all levels of leadership within the organization also need to be addressed. Within the agricultural sector, the impact of grassroots organisations has been minimal over the decades. With the rise of ICTs, stakeholders have increasingly seen the need to try out new approaches. The session will be using a number of practical cases from across the globe to answer questions, such as: who are the key stakeholders; what are their roles when it comes to capacity building; what approaches are currently being used by specific commodity value chains; what are the challenges; how can ICTs support communication and exchange of resources between and among these actors; and what is the role of the media?
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