Vegetable Industry Development Program – Knowledge Management Subprogram
The purpose of the Knowledge Management (KM) sub program was to enhance the provision of knowledge to growers and other industry participants engaged in the vegetable value chain and services to industry. The primary objectives of the KM sub-program were: – Findings and outputs from research are increasingly being applied by industry stakeholders in decision making. – Industry is more effectively using findings and outputs from research to formulate policy and manage the image of the industry. – Ensure two way information flow between industry members and industry development program / sub program service providers. The key activities have been: – Collating and classifying past HAL-funded R&D reports – Collating and classifying various technical tools and business aids that have provided an extension of R&D outcomes and/or which enhance the ability of growers to apply technical knowledge within their business. – Improving access to the outcomes of industry investment in research and development, through an on-line search engine that stores the reports and associated tools. – Improving the on-line resources available to industry and AUSVEG as the peak industry body, through a new industry website that allow access to industry development information, resources and tools and facilitates improved communications between AUSVEG and industry. – Working with the other sub programs of VIDP to make industry development information useful and accessible to industry The key outcomes from the subprogram were the provision of significantly enhanced information platforms for industry through on-line resources. These platforms will ensure that growers and other participants have better access to information and tools for decision-making and are better informed about the operating environment for vegetable production, packaging and marketing. The platforms developed and delivered in this sub program were transitioned to AUSVEG management at the conclusion of the project. The KM program and other related sub-programs have helped redefine networks and relationships that are crucial to creating better information flows, feedback loops and ensuring information is more effective in reaching and benefitting people engaged in and servicing the vegetable industry.