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2016 CGIAR-CSI & Partners Meeting                                    

SPURRING INNOVATION IN GEOSPATIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

This two-and-a-half day meeting provides a venue and showcase for the CGIAR-CSI and partners not only to share recent progress in geospatial technologies, methods, tools and learning, but also for this community to articulate a common vision of and commitment to its greater role in expanding the quantity and quality of public-good geospatial research products and services. Read the meeting report to learn more... 

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Wednesday, September 7 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Geospatial Data Platforms: How Open? How Big? How Linked?

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Recent advances in geospatial/georeferenced data collection methods coupled with the drive toward more open data standards have expanded access to new, more up-to-date and more granular datasets. This creates unprecedented opportunities for new approaches to advance our understanding of ag sector dynamics and improve development outcomes, e.g., through near-real time monitoring of the sector performance and overall food security. Despite this potential, however, many technical capacity, coordination and implementation challenges remain.

In the CGIAR, for example, a new cross-cutting initiative; a Big Data and ICT Coordination Platform, is being proposed to facilitate the implementation of open access/open data and help innovate around improved data and advanced analytics and visualization. Proponents of the platform will present its vision and planned outcomes and impacts.

Various other initiatives on Open Geospatial Data (e.g., Geospatial Farming Systems Research Consortium) will be also introduced and their specific relevance to smallholder agricultural development will be discussed. As an outcome, we anticipate to better articulate the role of the geospatial community within and beyond the CGIAR in accelerating agricultural development, food security, and poverty alleviation. These dialogues can provide the foundation for action roadmaps.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Todd Slind

Robert Todd Slind

Principal, SpatialDev

Speakers
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Medha Devare

Senior Research Fellow & Module Lead, IFPRI/Big Data Platform
Medha is a cropping systems agronomist with familiarity working in the US and developing countries. She managed the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) in Nepal working from the Kathmandu office of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and currently... Read More →
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Robert Hijmans

Professor, University of California, Davis
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Andy Jarvis

Climate Smart Agriculture Flagship Leader, CGIAR
Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) https://ccafs.cgiar.org, based in Cali... Read More →
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Stanley Wood

Strategy Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Stanley Wood is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that he was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC, where he worked on or led a variety of intiatives, including impact assessment... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Whidbey Camano (Plenary)

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