[DISCUSSION SERIES] Big data solutions to COVID-19 & food security: (Eps. 2) Input supply chains & on-farm realities

By CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

July 7, 2020

4:00 PM CEST



July 7, 2020   4:00 PM CEST




The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s digital forum on COVID-19 and food security brings emergent research and on-the-ground realities together in conversation in order to map out the direct impacts of the crisis across food value chains and glean data-driven recommendations and solutions.

This second episode will focus on challenges and solutions to input supply chains & on-farm realities.


Berber Kramer | Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Berber Kramer | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Berber’s research focuses on financial inclusion and resilience, in particular on innovations in agricultural insurance and seed systems that can help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. She leads a research program that aims to strengthen agricultural insurance and finance in Ethiopia, India and Kenya through picture-based crop insurance. She is also a recent winner of our Inspire Challenge Rapid Response grant for her project that seeks to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Chiamaka Ndukwu | Founder and CEO, AgroHive

Chiamaka Ndukwu | AgroHive

Chiamaka Ndukwu is the Founder/CEO of AgroHive, a Nigerian agritech company that provides agricultural businesses and farmers with appropriately trained personnel that meet their labour and skill needs. She has plans for a big data/digital project to visit major agrarian communities, starting in Nigeria, and teach farmers the basics in deploying technology in food production and how to accurately collect farm data.


Richard Choularton | Director of Agriculture and Economic Growth Sector, Tetra Tech

Richard Choularton | Tetra Tech

Richard Choularton is a senior associate focused on food security and climate resilience with Tetra Tech International Development Services. As former Chief of the World Food Programme’s Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit, he is a recognized expert in climate change adaptation and risk mitigation, resilience, food security, emergency preparedness, and early warning systems. Richard previously served as director of the Office of Humanitarian Assistance at CHF International. He was also the decision and planning support advisor for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

Susan Mathew | International Trade Analyst

Susan Mathew | International Trade Analyst

Susan is an international trade analyst and researcher with over a decade of experience in agriculture trade and regional value chains. She has served at multiple policy and implementation positions in South Asia from diplomatic missions, national and state governments, and grassroots research organizations.

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