Senior Programme Coordinator, Knowledge Management

Chris AddisonChris Addison joined us in March 2012 from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, where he was head of web communications. © CTA

What is your role at CTA?

I am responsible for how CTA supports partners in their use of the web to exchange information. This means not only helping the regional organisations go online with a website but more how they can hold e-discussions, manage their online information and link this all with social networks. It also means I am responsible for bringing CTA’s information together online in a form that can be more easily used by our partners.

What does Knowledge Management in your job title really mean?

The support I provide focuses on managing the flow and exchange of knowledge, ensuring not only that people have access to the web but also that they can see its value to them and understand how they can best use it. This means I don’t just work on the technologies needed to communicate on the internet but also the people and processes.

What do you do, day to day?

My day often starts by looking through Twitter and email lists for interesting articles from colleagues to go into ICTupdate. I have at least one Skype conversation to an ACP partner on one of the projects I am preparing or running. I am lucky enough to live close to work, so go home at lunchtime when possible, and with CTA situated in farm countryside it’s a great place to cycle. Some of my day is spent with paperwork, to finalise contracts, plan and produce budgets. I normally meet with colleagues in other departments to make sure my projects link with others where possible.

What do you think the future holds for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific online?

I think the regions already show more innovation than many projects in Europe, and the pace of change is so much faster. Already we see that countries have leapfrogged connectivity. I worked in Sudan in the 80s and the only way to talk with colleagues in other towns was by radio. Now half the population has a mobile phone. Major climate portals are going online in the Pacific, and the Caribbean continues to run the most innovative programs for youth online, such as Digital Jam.

How can Spore readers keep up with all the developments online?

I would suggest visiting and subscribing to the site, where you will find links to interesting blogs and other websites. If you already know a bit about social media and want to know more, join, and if you want to find agricultural information online, go to

Top of page