Knowledge Sharing Meetings

Photos: Emmanuel Museruka, Malaika Media, 2016

The TOPS/FSN Knowledge Sharing Meetings bring together implementers, donors, and researchers from around the world for peer based knowledge sharing, and networking around food security programs. Since 2011, the TOPS Program has put on these biannual events in locations such as Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Mozambique, as well as in Washington, DC.

The Knowledge Sharing Meetings help address the need for meaningful face-to-face opportunities at both the field and headquarters level to maximize flow of information between food security projects. Additionally, the meetings allow participants to build and hone important relationships that enable the knowledge exchange to continue beyond the event.

In order to develop the content of the meetings, TOPS technical staff consult stakeholders from the USAID Office of Food for Peace, academic institutions, and private voluntary organizations (PVO). Feedback is also solicited from a survey distributed throughout our FSN Network newsletter, as well through our Stakeholder Consultations and Task Forces. These events differ from the standard technical conference in that session designers weave tested adult learning concepts throughout the sessions to promote cross-organizational collaboration, learning, and maximum engagement.

To learn more about past and upcoming Knowledge Sharing Meetings, please visit the FSN Network.