COVID-19 response

Learn more about BIG DATA’s initiatives related to big data, food security and COVID-19

Grants that make a difference

Read about our 2020 Inspire Challenge grant and focus on COVID-19 response

Big data powered agricultural research & development

Feeding the future. Byte by byte.

Discover agricultural publications and data

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Introducing “CGIAR Data Science Academy”

Introducing “CGIAR Data Science Academy”

The Geospatial CoP conducted an online survey to collect CGIAR’s machine learning use-cases and based on the selection criteria, they selected 25 CGIAR scientists to participate in a pilot program in partnership with Coursera Data Science Academy.
Mapping Forest Conservation, Vulnerability and Restoration

Mapping Forest Conservation, Vulnerability and Restoration

The Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT developed a research method for mapping the vulnerability of food tree species by combining detailed geospatial analysis on key threats with data on the distribution of target tree species and their sensitivities to the threats.
Best of 2020: Favorite highlights

Best of 2020: Favorite highlights

The BIG DATA team is signing off this year with a list of some of our favorite 2020 achievements -- along with an accompanying soundtrack!
Boran Cattle in Yabello, Ethiopia. Common standards are needed to present livestock data in a consistent manner. Photo: C. Hanotte (ILRI)

Update from the livestock ontologies working group

Recap of Livestock Ontologies Working Group meeting, 9 December 2020
Innovations in ODK: Improving Data Collection for Agriculture and Scaling to the Global Community

Innovations in ODK: Improving Data Collection for Agriculture and Scaling to the Global Community

The CGIAR CoPs on Geospatial Data and Data-Driven Agronomy jointly organized a webinar on Open Data Kit (ODK), the world’s most popular open-source data collection platform.
New technologies like 5G could aggravate digital divide in data-driven farming, study finds

New technologies like 5G could aggravate digital divide in data-driven farming, study finds

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT published a first-of-its-kind study about the global divide in data-driven farming.


Annual Report 2019

In 2019, under its three modules INSPIRE, CONVENE and ORGANIZE, the Platform made significant strides to build fundamental technologies and data standards to support CGIAR’s digital strategy, develop strategic  digital partner networks, and foster new innovative pathways that leverage public-good data to solve intractable challenges at scale.

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Shared Services

The platforms enables access to shared services in support of CGIAR research and its researchers, including the secure sharing and transfer of large datasets, commercial satellite imagery and gridded global weather data.

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2019 Convention Highlights

Check out the takeaways from our 2019 Convention


Explore topics such as digital extension, interactive voice response, privacy guidelines and more.


Guidelines for managing privacy and personally identifiable information in the research project data cycle.

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The first pan-CGIAR publications and datasets search tool

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Communities of practice

Our communities foster collaboration spaces and opportunities, facilitate connectivity and sharing of methodologies, and support the organization of capacity-building workshops.

Engage with a range of industry experts & actors to produce new ideas to solve current agriculture development problems.


Crop Modeling


Info & data management




The Inspire Challenge

The Inspire Challenge has so far awarded a total of USD3.225 million in grants to 21 projects. Follow their progress here!


Solutions for feeding the future, byte by byte.

Evidence Clearing House

Showcasing all kinds of digital tools that will help practitioners easily identify mature technologies and entry-points in food systems.

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Youth in Data Initiatives

The Platform is working towards creating pathways and opportunities for youth to contribute to agricultural transformation.

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Big Data on Gender

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