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A Platform to…

The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture  aims to increase the impact of agricultural development by embracing big data approaches to solve development problems faster, better and at greater scale than before.

Expected outcomes

  • Greater data and knowledge sharing across CGIAR – by reducing barriers to information access and reuse, the Platform will democratize information availability and use, to help farmers and policymakers take reliable, informed decisions.


  • A culture of open access publishing and data sharing across CGIAR centers and partner organizations


  • Recognition of CGIAR as a global thought leader on big data in agriculture and 

Through a solutions-based approach

#1: Organize

Support and improve data generation, access, and management in CGIAR:

The Platform embraces the power of big data analytics, supporting CGIAR as it becomes a leader in generating actionable data-driven insights for stakeholders. It builds capacity throughout CGIAR to generate and manage big data, assisting CGIAR and its partners’ efforts to comply with open access / open data principles to unlock important research and datasets. It empowers researchers to strengthen data analytical capacity, developing practical big data tools and services in a coordinated way. It also addresses critical gaps, both organizational and technical, expanding the horizon of CGIAR research.

#2: Convene

Collaborate and convene around big data and agricultural development:

The Platform empowers CGIAR and its community to deliver on the potential of big data to deliver results for smallholder agriculture. It develops ambitious external partnerships, bringing together big data practitioners with global private sector brands, local start-ups, universities, and others to facilitate collaboration and ideation. It convenes an annual big data in agriculture conference, bringing key actors to CGIAR to generate innovations and democratize big data opportunities. The Platform it builds capacity internally and externally on big data approaches in agriculture, developing communities of practice that will encourage interaction and further engage a range of actors to produce new ideas to solve development problems.


#3: Inspire

Lead by example and inspire how big data can deliver development outcomes:

The Platform demonstrates the power of CGIAR big data analytics through “Inspire” projects that solve development challenges at the core of our mission. It challenges partners, universities and others to use our data to create pilot opportunities that scale. It shows the power of big data analytics and ICTs to provide unprecedented multi-disciplinary data to researchers, delivering actionable information to farmers and inspiring others to use big data to create impact. It also provides venture capital that funds novel approaches, democratizing big data to include smallholder farmers and monitoring the state of agriculture and food security in real time to inform critical national, regional and global policies and decisions.