Mr. Brent Larson (Implementation Facilitation Unit Lead) and Ms Ketevan Lomsadze (Implementation Facilitation Officer) facilitated the Brainstorming Session on Capacity Development. ©FAO/ Sara Giuliani
25 January 2019, Rome – A dynamic brainstorming session, aimed at raising awareness of the concept of Capacity and Professional Development, took place during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat. The concept of Capacity and Professional Development aligns with the 2019 IPPC Annual theme “Plant Health and Capacity Development” and the 2019 IPPC Secretariat Annual theme “Professional Development”. The brainstorming session was chaired by Mr. Brent Larson (Implementation Facilitation Unit Lead), and facilitated by Ms Ketevan Lomsadze (Implementation Facilitation Officer) and Ms Denise Melvin (Public Information Specialist).
“The concept of National Phytosanitary Capacity has been defined as the ability of individuals, organizations and systems of a country to perform functions effectively and sustainably in order to protect plants and plant products from pests and to facilitate trade, ” said IPPC Officer, Ms Lomsadze, during her introduction to the brainstorming session.
She explained that phytosanitary capacity development was seen as a national process owned by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) and involving national stakeholders. The IPPC Secretariat, Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs), FAO Regional and Sub-regional offices, international organizations, donors and development agencies, support and facilitate the process.
The IPPC approach is in harmony with the FAO Capacity Development (CD) principles including:
After the brief introduction, participants gathered into small groups to discuss Capacity Development approaches and activities, as well as share new ideas and recommendations. Their suggestions included:
After the brainstorming on Capacity Development, Ms Melvin briefed participants about Professional Development for IPPC Secretariat staff, focusing mainly on language and IT training, writing skills, field missions, and team retreats. Their suggestions included:
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