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For a food secure future, we first need to look at how we manage data

If we are to achieve food security by 2050, we need to first improve the way we collect and share information, says Carolina Rivera, a wheat physiologist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and data coordinator with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP).

Big data revolutionising agriculture to combat world hunger

Technologies such as mobile telephones or social networks make it possible for us to interact more every day, even with very rural producers, in ways that were simply not possible even five years ago,” explained Brian King, leader of CGIAR’s big data Platform.

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.

‘It was a huge data dump.’ Andy Jarvis on giving away 30 years worth of research – for free

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…

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?

Tech used to prevent spread of Zika and Ebola to tackle “forest fire” wheat rust epidemics

The same device that helped control the Zika and Ebola viruses, to be used to tackle devastating wheat rust epidemics that are threatening global food security

For a food secure future, we first need to look at how we manage data

For a food secure future, we first need to look at how we manage data

If we are to achieve food security by 2050, we need to first improve the way we collect and share ...
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Big data revolutionising agriculture to combat world hunger

Big data revolutionising agriculture to combat world hunger

Technologies such as mobile telephones or social networks make it possible for us to interact more every day, even with ...
Read more
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, ...
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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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