Harnessing the power of Big Data for agricultural research & development

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Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

A more comprehensive understanding of agricultural soils is needed to support sustainable development decision making – but collecting the necessary data is challenging.

Consuming information: Agriculture at the crossroads of sustainability

Extension officers, radio, and mobile phones remain crucial for the farmers to access and discover agricultural information.

Transdisciplinary thinking essential to enable sustainable data-intensive agroecosystems

Transdisciplinary thinking is a fundamental requirement if we are to take meaningful steps towards using big data to solve complex socio-environmental problems.

Meet Bob. The farmer needing your help to revolutionize agriculture

Farmers are contributing to the huge amounts of information that can be harnessed for global food security solutions. But they need good allies to ensure its full, and ethical, potential is reached.

For the rural farmer, does big data raise more questions than answers?

Does big data raise more questions than answers?

Big data needed for an agricultural boom

Big data in agriculture is instrumental not just for farmers who produce our food but for various stakeholders and along the agriculture value chain.

Smallholder. Big data

Big data can help smallholders can become agriculture’s big players.

Can big data increase food production?

As a young data scientist I strongly believe that if we can share the data we hold in our laptops, and take advantage of the daily generated data, we can have more nutritious food in our plates.

Big Data to the rescue for cassava disease monitoring in Uganda

Quick disease monitoring and diagnosis of tubers, due to the limited number of experts and resources to cover the entire country, has been a problem for Uganda. How can big data solve this?

Big data poised to transform the global food chain

To achieve food and nutritional security, for present and future generations, an agricultural transformation is not only required. It is vital.

Big Data is the future. But where are the farmers?

Although data is important for all players in the value chain, the primary end-users are the farmers and they are the most novice players in the big data approach, particularly those in developing countries.

Data democracy: Data from the people, by the people, for the people

If the farmer has right to consume, sell or share the produce grown by him, then what about the data generated from his farm? For real digital empowerment there must also be data empowerment

I want to end malnutrition in Africa. That’s why I’m turning to big data and algorithms.

As an African woman and a nutritionist, there’s nothing more upsetting to me than this fact: Africa is the only region in the world where malnutrition is rising.

Getting Open Data out of the cloud and back on the ground to create real impact

In order to transform our food systems and make the way we grow, sell and consume food more sustainable we need data. We need data that is open and online.

For open data to be more effective, local workshops and ICT capacity building initiatives are needed

As the supply of open data is increasing, it is equally important to consider the demand and usage of these data by the group targeted to benefit.

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I want to end malnutrition in Africa. That’s why I’m turning to big data and algorithms.

I want to end malnutrition in Africa. That’s why I’m turning to big data and algorithms.

As an African woman and a nutritionist, there’s nothing more upsetting to me than this fact: Africa is the only ...
Read more
Getting Open Data out of the cloud and back on the ground to create real impact

Getting Open Data out of the cloud and back on the ground to create real impact

In order to transform our food systems and make the way we grow, sell and consume food more sustainable we ...
Read more
For open data to be more effective, local workshops and ICT capacity building initiatives are needed

For open data to be more effective, local workshops and ICT capacity building initiatives are needed

As the supply of open data is increasing, it is equally important to consider the demand and usage of these ...
Read more

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Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

A more comprehensive understanding of agricultural soils is needed to support sustainable development decision making - but collecting the necessary ...
Read more
Consuming information: Agriculture at the crossroads of sustainability

Consuming information: Agriculture at the crossroads of sustainability

Extension officers, radio, and mobile phones remain crucial for the farmers to access and discover agricultural information ...
Read more
Transdisciplinary thinking essential to enable sustainable data-intensive agroecosystems

Transdisciplinary thinking essential to enable sustainable data-intensive agroecosystems

Transdisciplinary thinking is a fundamental requirement if we are to take meaningful steps towards using big data to solve complex ...
Read more

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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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