19-23 Oct

Online & Global




The need for resilient food systems comes into stark relief during a crisis. Responses must be agile and adaptive, facilitating the quickest possible recovery while equipping these systems to adaptively manage or avert crises in the future.

The event theme, Digital Dynamism for Adaptive Food Systems, will examine food system resilience and highlight how digital tools and technologies can help us sense, respond and (re)build better systems in times of global food security crises.

An inclusive, online event

2020 has presented the BIG DATA Platform with a unique opportunity to  “walk the talk” on agile, adaptive, digitally-enabled collective action. We have transitioned our annual convention to be an inclusive, accessible and fully online event. 

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What is digital dynamism?

Digital tools and technologies are effective when they are designed with adaptability, interoperability, and precision in mind. The BIG DATA Platform will explore not only how technologies can build resilient food systems, but how stakeholders can build technologies that respond and adapt to changing challenges.

“Digital dynamism” refers to the new food system-wide capabilities that can be built in the context of rapidly digitizing economies and societies worldwide, leveraging their speed, adaptability, ease of connection across actors and domains, the potential precision of resulting tools and practices, and new avenues for reaching scale.

The first “One CGIAR” event

As the world’s largest global agricultural innovation network, CGIAR brings evidence to policy makers, innovation to partners, and new tools to harness the economic, environmental and nutritional power of agriculture.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, CGIAR is pivoting much of its 2020 plan towards response, recovery, and long-term resiliency of global food challenges.

This convention will be the first One CGIAR hosted event, leveraging inclusive inputs from each of the global Centers offering a glimpse of how they are employing digitally-enabled, dynamic methods to combat global food security challenges flowing from current crises.

Key discussion themes

This event will examine what it takes to build long term resilient food systems that leverage collaboration between CGIAR Centers, global agripreneur networks, food companies, crisis relief organizations, and local actors.

Agile digital technologies

Examining the promise of transformative digital innovations and how to target them towards response, recovery, and resilience related to food security challenges. Considering, also, the role of analytic frameworks and big data computation in building these adaptive value chains.

Natural and digital ecosystems

Specifically examining the interaction between humans, natural ecosystems, and animal science.

Food security in the times of crisis

Measuring and building resilience: To build a resilient food system with the agility to react to shocks as they happen, we need to identify and measure the weak links in our global framework that cause crises.

Inclusive digital transformation

On (re)building inclusive value chains that rebalance local and global, and effective management of gender, and other, exclusion in digital food systems

The 2020 Inspire Challengers

Like every year since the inception of the Inspire Challenge in 2017, the 2020 winners will be announced during the Convention.

The Challenge aims to demonstrate the power of big data analytics through inspiring and innovative projects. The COVID-19 related crisis provides a further opportunity to test a key part of our theory of change: that data and digital tools bring critical capabilities for agile adaptation in food systems.

Since in 2017, the Inspire Challenge has awarded a combined total of USD2.5 million in 21 grants to 14 projects, which have have contributed to build the evidence base for digital agriculture.


Learn from the best

Learn from leading industry experts and scientists, from across the globe, as they discuss current issues and cutting-edge solutions and share their knowledge and expertise.

Expand your network

We are focused on getting people together to connect thought leaders and change-makers in the technology and agriculture world to catalyze impactful new partnerships

Industry Insight

The themes and topics discussed and the innovations presented, are at the frontier of the agricultural transformation. This is your chance to get ahead of the curve and participate in the conversations that will help shape the future of digital agriculture.

Discover cutting edge technology

From demos at the innovation bazaar to in-depth Q&As with industry experts, be the first to discover the latest cutting-edge tools, technological advances and innovation projects that are transforming the agricultural research and development landscape.

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What participants say

Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

FounderThe Fork

“Not only was the kick-off very refreshing, the whole convention was packed with nice inspiring surprises. The crowd truly reflected the agricultural ecosystem, very international, all ages, different backgrounds and full of commitment to make sense out of data for better food.”

Ram Dhulipala

Strategy & Operations Officer, ICRISAT Innovation Hub (iHub)

“We have CGIAR centers and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, for-profit companies like Amazon and IBM, bringing together a diverse community of practitioners using ICTs to fundamentally transform industries. I think this is a first for agriculture.”

Barbara Wells

Director GeneralInternational Potato Center

“The convention offered a glimpse into the huge potential of unlocking our databanks to develop user-friendly technologies capable of driving food system transformation. Big data is at the heart of the future and the transformation of outcome delivery.”

Partnerships Opportunities

These were some of our partners and donors from our 2019 convention. Get in touch about opportunities for our 2020 event

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