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REPORT – First Annual CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention: Event Summary & Agenda for Action

REPORT - First Annual CGIAR for Big Data in Agriculture Convention: Event Summary and...
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For a food secure future, agriculture needs to get smart. It needs to get digital

How do you increase food production by 70% on just a 5% increase of farmland? This is a riddle scientists, policymakers and researchers, like those at CGIAR, are working hard to solve.

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Sharing data wasn’t cool, but neither were we – how WorldClim changed my life

I was working on toilets at the time. Suddenly, I found myself part of one of the biggest scientific movements in the history of CGIAR…

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Big data collaboration for crop loss research – it’s complicated

We already know we lose a vast amount of crop produce to diseases, pests, and weeds. But how do we find out how much, where, and when?

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For a food secure future, agriculture needs to get smart. It needs to get digital

For a food secure future, agriculture needs to get smart. It needs to get digital

How do you increase food production by 70% on just a 5% increase of farmland? This is a riddle scientists, ...
Read more
Sharing data wasn’t cool, but neither were we – how WorldClim changed my life

Sharing data wasn’t cool, but neither were we – how WorldClim changed my life

I was working on toilets at the time. Suddenly, I found myself part of one of the biggest scientific movements ...
Read more
Big data collaboration for crop loss research - it's complicated

Big data collaboration for crop loss research – it’s complicated

We already know we lose a vast amount of crop produce to diseases, pests, and weeds. But how do we ...
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Our incentivized Inspire Challenges are about ensuring that information = impact. We’re challenging partners, universities and others to use our data to create pilot opportunities that scale. See this year’s Inspire Challenge winners.

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Big Data and CGIAR

Data is much more than simply information: in expert hands, it is intelligence. The rapid growth in processing power and global connectivity means we can now quickly collect, share and analyze enormous amounts of data and turn it into recommendations that can be of use to farmers and policymakers.

Applying these ‘big data’ approaches to agriculture promises to find new ways to reduce hunger and poverty, and develop robust responses to challenges such as climate change, pest and disease outbreaks, and land degradation. It could help reduce some of the daily risks farmers in developing countries face, enabling them to thrive.

As the largest network of agricultural research organizations in the world, CGIAR is uniquely positioned to be a thought leader and global convener on the use of big data and information technology in agriculture.

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