Big Data in Agriculture Convention 2019
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Meet the 2019 Inspire Challenge finalists
The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is where information becomes power: power to predict, prescribe, and produce more food, more sustainably. It aims to democratize decades of agricultural data empowering analysts, statisticians, programmers and more to mine information for trends and quirks, and develop rapid, accurate and compelling recommendations for farmers, researchers and policymakers.
At the third annual Big Data in Agriculture Convention, we’ll dive into ways to build trust in institutions, in firms, in dynamic and expanding human communities, and in the technologies themselves that can help us build a food secure future. This year’s theme is “TRUST: Humans, Machines & Ecosystems.”
The Convention will highlight new, high-potential models for managing ethics, multi-stakeholder coordination, and digital technologies that demonstrate the agility, precision and insights needed to effectively manage a complex net of interactions between the biosphere, economy, technology, and society.
You can expect to hear from more than 60 speakers and industry experts during more than 50 sessions over the course of three days. We’ve structured the program to be dynamic and interactive. In addition to hosting structured panel sessions, we are providing deep-dive breakout sessions and intimate Q&A’s where you will have direct access to put your burning questions to leading experts in the data science sector. Like last year, will be closing the event with a bang by announcing the winners of the 2019 Inspire Challenge in a special awards ceremony.
We are expecting up to 500 members of the scientific community and digital agriculture practitioners who make the Platform for Big Data in Agriculture successful.
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- Building resilient global food security requires us to navigate a complex net of interactions between the biosphere, economy, technology, and society.
- Machines and machine-to-machine systems shape and accelerate our social and economic lives, even as climates and ecosystems are threatened. Our ethical frameworks, human communities, and institutions struggle to stay abreast the rate of change. Therefore, we can no longer consider distinct facets of food security in isolation; we need holistic solutions.
- There are growing insights about how humanity can live within the natural, biological, and climatic boundaries of the planet.
- To claim these potential solutions for the future of food security we need trust. Trust in institutions, in firms, in dynamic and expanding human communities, and in the technologies themselves that can help us build the future.
KEY THEMES UP FOR DISCUSSION
- Why trust?
- Trust: Humans, machines, and ecosystems
- Digital trust in India
- Trust and the human-machine ecology
- 2019 Inspire Challenge finalists
- Blockchain-enabled transformation of food systems
- Cross-platform design session: Big data enabling women’s economic empowerment
- Digital technologies enabling large-scale collective action
- Reinforcement Learning for crop-management: Sequential decision-making under uncertainty
- Human-centered design for AI
- Agriculture, Aadhaar, and the India stack
- Anchor solutions for trust
- Leadership in data for agriculture
- Ethical dilemmas of the digital age in agriculture
- Fintech, meet agtech
- Introduction to innovation pipeline
- Financing innovation pipeline for GFS
- Can we really eat within planetary boundaries?
- Building enabling environments
- AI in agriculture: What stands in the way?
- Commons debate: Genetic resources, dematerialization, and benefits-sharing
- IoT for crop improvement and smart-farming
- How can we build ethical, trustworthy digital advisory services?
- Technologies and good practices throughout the research data life cycle
- Technologies and standards for responsible data
- Unified information architecture for CGIAR
- Trust for the future of big data in agriculture
KEY TEAM MEMBERS
Marianne McDade, Head of Communications, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture.
Jawoo Koo, Geospatial Data Community of Practice Lead, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture.
LOOKING BACK AT THE 2018 AND 2017 CONVENTIONS
2018: Decoding the Data Ecosystem
The second Big Data in Agriculture Convention: Decoding the Data Ecosystem was held in October 2018 at the ICRAF campus in Nairobi, Kenya. We welcomed over 400 attendees—60 percent of which were non-CGIAR and represented over 150 organizations, institutes, and governments. Additionally, over 2500 people participated remotely via the live-stream.
We learned that in order to transform agriculture, we must invest in the methods and frameworks that enable connecting the tangible world of food and farming with the digital world of data and analytics. Doing so requires us to grapple with the incredible complexity of food systems and wrangle with the explosion of global data generated by research and the course of virtually everyone’s social and economic lives.
We awarded five research proposals, the 2018 Inspire Challenge pilot project grant winners, with US$100K each. In addition, we awarded US$500,000 in total to three of the five winners from the 2017 Challenge to help them expand the scale of their innovation.
2017: An Alliance for a Data Revolution
We held our first Big Data in Agriculture Convention: An Alliance for a Data Revolution in 2017, at the CIAT campus in Cali, Colombia. Over 300 participants from the international scientific community gathered to discuss ways in which big data can transform smallholder agriculture, enabling farmers to boost food production and respond to pressing challenges such as climate change. Additionally, we awarded five research proposals, the 2017 Inspire Challenge grant winners, with US$100K each.