December 17, 2008

Scriptoria Blog

Geneflow - you’ve got to read this!

Geneflow - Bioversity InternationalDid you know that there’s a raft of decomposing plastic twice the size of the continental United States stretching from Hawaii to Japan? I didn’t either until I read the proofs of Bioversity International’s Geneflow – a once-yearly magazine which we helped them to produce this year.

Now I’ve got to be honest and say that before we began working on Geneflow I’d never actually picked up a copy. I’d always assumed that it would be quite a heavy read focusing mainly on genetics. How wrong can you be?

It’s actually designed to be a light and easy-to-read magazine that covers subjects that range from climate change to poverty alleviation. (more…)

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December 5, 2008

Scriptoria Blog

Goodbye Mozambique

CAADP Africa Agriculture website pre-launch

Well, the team are dismantling SCRIPTORIA’s booth and saying goodbye to lots of new friends in preparation for the trip home. It’s been a very busy but satisfying event partly because it’s given me the opportunity to conduct various focus groups with the donors attending.

The focus of these question and answer sessions was to ask the donors themselves what information they want to see more of and what systems of delivery suit their busy schedules best. You’ll be seeing the results of these sessions feeding back into the work SCRIPTORIA produces over the next year. So watch this space.

The point here, of course, is the fact that these kinds of focus groups are key to any really good (more…)

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December 4, 2008

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Pre-launch of CAADP website

CAADP Africa Agriculture website pre-launchThis week also saw the ‘pre-launch’ of the new website that we’ve produced for CAADP – a billion dollar initiative that is fighting food insecurity in Africa.

The site won’t actually be properly launched until February, when it will be at the center of a major meeting in Africa. But a beta version of the site has been put on-line now to allow comments from major stakeholders such as associated NGOs and donors. This is proving to be a very effective (albeit unusual) technique for producing a site that really gets to grips with users’ needs.

So, while the site’s discussion forum and library aren’t going to be available until February, you’ll still find plenty of good content explaining exactly what CAADP is doing and where it’s working. You can access the site at www.nepad-caadp.org.

All the best,

The SCRIPTORIA Team

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December 2, 2008

Scriptoria Blog

The ICARDA Annual Report - hot off the press

Global Forum on Agricultural Research LaunchThe new streamlined 2007 annual report that Scriptoria recently produced for ICARDA also hit the stands at the conference today. ICARDA works to combat poverty in dry regions by boosting agriculture, and their highly technical research helps a huge number of people. In the past they’ve always focused on producing hefty, and still quite technical, annual reports.

This year, however, we helped them to produce a much thinner, much easier to read version - by writing the stories, designing a new look and choosing photos. So I’ve been sampling opinions at the conference, and reactions to this change in direction have been very positive.

One person I bumped into with the ICARDA Annual Report in their hand was Mike Listman (Director of Communications at CIMMYT, see picture). And, since he had 5 minutes he kindly (more…)

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December 1, 2008

Scriptoria Blog

Launch of new-look Global Forum on Agricultural Research


Global Forum on Agricultural Research LaunchWell, the first day of the conference has been great. Lots of new contacts and new faces, plus the chance to catch up with some old friends.

One really satisfying event today was the launch of the new brand we created for the Global Forum on Agricultural Research. And, since they’ll be taking over the running of these meetings in the future, this new look is going to be widely seen in CGIAR, United Nations and World Bank circles over the next few years.

On the opening day, Mozambique’s Prime Minister Armando Guebuza visited the booth (see pic) and met the Global Forum’s Chair Dr Adel El Beltagy (more…)

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Scriptoria Blog

Pre-conference training boosts your impact

Global Forum on Agricultural Research LaunchIt’s been a tough but enjoyable set-up day here at the CGIAR agricultural poverty reduction conference in Mozambique.

We came in super early to set up the Scriptoria conference booth because we had arranged to train Research into Use (RIU) and Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) conference staff in the art of properly setting up running a conference booth later in the day.

This kind of training is very important at conferences, as well-trained staff running an efficient booth have much more of an impact. We actually also branded both RIU and CAADP and produced their booths. So it was a pleasure to be able to take the time to ensure that these beautifully designed booths had the maximum impact possible.

All the best,

the Scriptoria Team

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