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ICTforAg 2018: New Technologies for Farmer Communities

June 14, 2018

Washington, DC

14 June 2018

This one-day conference will bring together 300 thought leaders and decision-makers in agriculture and technology from the international development community and the private sector.

With your community-driven sessions, we will examine how new innovations can empower smallholder farmers and the communities that support them, through information and communication technologies (ICT).

We’ll take a particular interest in new ICT solutions that can boost the productivity of both smallholder farmers and agricultural market systems, but we’ll be sure to keep the discussion inclusive of all possible ICTs, including traditional media platforms, agribusiness IT systems, and existing government support systems.

At ICTforAg 2018, we’ll seek answers to the real challenges faced by smallholder farmers, private sector actors, and government agricultural stakeholders in three focus areas:

Which Market Systems improve farmer livelihoods?

  • Who is succeeding with Digital Financial Services and what are they learning?
  • How can we support local innovators and entrepreneurs?
  • Which approaches build trust between farmers and value chain actors?
  • When do market information systems increase farmer revenues?
  • Where can private sector actors add real social and economic value?
  • How can we better address gender dynamics to improve farmer outcomes?

How can Technological Innovation change farming outcomes?

  • Which new tools allow farmers to access and understand big data?
  • How can digital identity systems increase farmers’ access to services?
  • When do farmers benefit from GIS and spatial data collected by others?
  • Where are the practical use cases for blockchain and machine learning?
  • Why and how does technology often exacerbate existing gender divides?

Where can Crisis Response processes and tools increase farmer resilience?

  • Where are the fragile environments, and how can farmers better assess risks?
  • When can technologies support farmer response to political instability and conflict?
  • Which innovations can reduce the impact of non-native pests?
  • How can new approaches accelerate climate change adaptation?
  • Who are the next generation of farmers, and how can we engage them?


Jawoo Koo from the International Food Policy Research Institute and the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture will give a presentation on ‘What about Wakanda? Apply systems thinking, modeling tools, and a touch of humor to assess the (in)feasibility of vibranium-powered technology breakthroughs needed, and market systems required, for food self-sufficiency featured in the movie Black Panther.’

See the full agenda.

Click here to register.

For more information, visit the official conference website.


June 14, 2018
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