CGIAR Centers receive international analytics award for sustainable agriculture tools
The 2020 IAAA award recognizes groundbreaking data systems and tools helping more than 150,000 farmers in Mexico. Daniel Jimenez, Leader of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s Community of Practice on Data-Driven Agronomy, was part of the winning team.
While technology and data analysis have revolutionized farming in high-income countries, farmers in low-income nations have often been left out. New tools developed by CGIAR centers are narrowing the digital divide for smallholder farmers. These tools are increasingly gaining international notice beyond the field of agriculture, as a recent international award attests.
The 2020 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) was awarded to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Their tools, which help farmers to increase productivity, use more sustainable practices and access markets, topped bids from international technology companies and universities with projects applied to various fields.
“The award from this collaboration highlights the strengths of bringing together our research centers under One CGIAR,” said Daniel Jiménez, an Alliance scientist who was part of the winning team. “It shows that we can collaborate and compete at the highest level when it comes to applying science to global challenges.”
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Feature photo: A researcher demonstrates the use of the AgroTutor app on a mobile phone. (Photo: Francisco Alarcón/CIMMYT)
May 15, 2020