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CGIAR 09/10/17 Using Big Data, smartphones & Facebook to revolutionize Ag. Using Facebook to track the spread of livestock diseases and your smartphone to diagnose crop diseases in realtime, could soon be a reality thanks to a series of research grants awarded by the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. These are among five projects awarded USD$100K to develop game changing approaches to tackling entrenched agricultural problems affecting producers in developing countries. Winners were announced during the Big Data in Agriculture Convention 2017, at CIAT headquarters in Colombia, recently. The 2017 Inspire Challenge grant winners and their projects are: The Inspire Challenge grants are a key part of the Platform’s activities to promote innovation in the use of big data to improve smallholder agriculture. More than 120 proposals were received from applicants from 37 countries, each applying under the four Inspire Challenge categories: Revealing Food Systems, Monitoring Pests and Diseases, Disrupting Impact Assessment, and Empowering Data-Driven Farming.

Oregon State University VIA YOUTUBE 25/04/11 Agriculture 2.0: Farming Systems in an Age of Climate Change. KSIConnect VIA YOUTUBE 27/02/14 Digital revolution of agriculture -- omics-based agricultural development. IFPRI 27/01/16 The digital revolution in agriculture: Progress and constraints. The following post by Sara Gustafson was originally published on the Food Security Portal.

The surge in digital technologies available over the past few decades has transformed virtually every sector of the global economy, and agriculture is no exception. Information and communications technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones and SMS messaging are changing the way farmers track weather patterns, access market information, interact with traders and government agencies, and get paid for their crops. Through its impact on agriculture, this digital revolution, nicknamed the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” by World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, has huge potential to reduce poverty throughout developing regions. First, ICTs can increase farmers’ resilience to various shocks. Second, ICTs can aggregate smallholder farmers in remote locations, making it easier for agribusinesses and processors to work with them. FRONTIERS IN VETERINARY SCIENCE 29/08/17 The Future of Agriculture is Digital: Showcasting E-Estonia. 1Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce, Estonia We live in digital society.

This is evidenced by the extensive use of information technology in all spheres of life. Digital Society is not just a technology, but a comprehensive social organization, where the information and its exchange plays a major role. In this article we present successes of Estonia's digital agenda and argue for coordinated farmer□□centered actions for digitization of agriculture at the EU level. Main principles of e-EstoniaConscious and systematic development of digital society is a strategic choice of Estonia since 1994. E-Estonia is based on X-Road and e-IDThe two key ingredients in the infrastructure are the X-Road and e-Identity or e-ID.

E-Estonia in agricultureEstonian farmers as all Estonian citizens benefit from the usage of e-services. Estonian farmers are keen to use new technologies, both in crop and animal husbandry sectors and the benefit of this usually do not raise any doubts. CULTIVATE 24/08/17 TAAT poised to lead agricultural revolution in Africa. Posted by IITA. Scientists, representatives of development agencies, agricultural experts, representatives from national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), Youth Agripreneurs, and entrepreneurs from the private sector and beyond the African continent, assembled in IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, 7–11 August, to review and hammer out the implementation details of the proposed African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded Technologies for Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program.

The TAAT appraisal workshop, organized by IITA and AfDB was led by Dr. Jonas Chianu, Principal Agricultural Economist and a team of AfDB other bank officials. The purpose of the meeting was to appraise and finalize work on the TAAT program framework document for the AfDB Board’s consideration. In his opening remarks, Dr. In his address to the audience, the IITA Director General, Dr. Dr. As a partner, FARA has an enormous role to play as the capacity development enabler. FRONTIERS IN VETERINARY SCIENCE 21/09/17 The Future of Agriculture is Digital: Showcasting e-Estonia.