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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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The 15 CGIAR Research Centers and 12 Research Programs are partners in the Platform, alongside 70 external partners ranging international institutions, universities to private companies. They cover public to private, developing to developed country, and analytics to ICT deployment.
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Our Inspire Challenges

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.

Why the platform?

Support and improve data generation, access, and management in CGIAR

The Platform embraces the power of big data analytics, supporting CGIAR as it becomes a leader in generating actionable data-driven insights for stakeholders. It builds capacity throughout CGIAR to generate and manage big data, assisting CGIAR and its partners’ efforts to comply with open access / open data principles to unlock important research and datasets. It empowers researchers to strengthen data analytical capacity, developing practical big data tools and services in a coordinated way, and it addresses critical gaps, both organizational and technical, expanding the horizon of CGIAR research.

Collaborate and convene around big data and agricultural development

The Platform empowers CGIAR and its community to deliver on the potential of big data to deliver results for smallholder agriculture. It develops ambitious external partnerships, bringing together big data practitioners with global private sector brands, local start-ups, universities, and others to facilitate collaboration and ideation. It convenes an annual big data in agriculture conference, bringing key actors to CGIAR to generate innovations and democratize big data opportunities. It also builds capacity internally and externally on big data approaches in agriculture, developing communities of practice that will encourage interaction and further engage a range of actors to produce new ideas to solve development problems.

Lead by example and inspire how big data can deliver development outcomes

The Platform demonstrates the power of CGIAR big data analytics through “Inspire” projects that solve development challenges at the core of our mission. It challenges partners, universities and others to use our data to create pilot opportunities that scale. It shows the power of big data analytics and ICTs to provide unprecedented multi-disciplinary data to researchers, delivering actionable information to farmers and inspiring others to use big data to create impact. It provides venture capital that funds novel approaches, democratizing big data to include smallholder farmers and monitoring the state of agriculture and food security in real time to inform critical national, regional and global policies and decisions. 

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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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