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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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Plenary [clear filter]
Tuesday, September 6
 

3:00pm PDT

Emerging/Priority Topics 1

In this session, three important issues will be discussed in a panel-discussion format. All selected issues will have relevance to both the CGIAR and the broader geospatial community. Discussion leaders will provide background and invite discussants with knowledge and experience to challenge the community.

1. UAV Technologies and Applications (Kai)
Sharing examples, experience and most promising opportunities - as well as growing concerns and regulatory challenges.

2. Crowdsourcing Spatially-Explicit Data (Rhiannan)
Beyond OpenStreetMap (which we hear is at a crossroads), what's new, what's working (or not), and what inspiring ways crowdsourcing enables to collect quality geospatial data?

3. Machine-learning/Artificial Intelligence (Robin)
Use of AI in geospatial analyses is not necessarily new, but it's coming back with huge momentum. We will hear what’s already possible, followed by some group discussion around the current/potential use of AI applications in agricultural development area and how the geospatial community can support realizing its great potential.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hijmans

Robert Hijmans

Professor, UC Davis

Speakers
avatar for Chandrashekhar Biradar

Chandrashekhar Biradar

Country Director and Chief of Party, CIFOR-ICRAF
Currently,  Country Director -India, and Chief of Party, CIFOR-ICRAF, Asia Continental Program, the Centre for International Forestry Research and the World Agroforestry Center.  Dr. Biradar is a landscape ecologist with broad experience in executing agroecosystem research and outreach... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Chamberlin

Jordan Chamberlin

Spatial Economist, CIMMYT
avatar for Robin Lougee

Robin Lougee

Research Industry Lead, IBM Research
avatar for Rhiannan Price

Rhiannan Price

Senior Manager, Seeing a Better World Program, DigitalGlobe
avatar for Kai Sonder

Kai Sonder

Head GIS Unit, CIMMYT



Tuesday September 6, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Whidbey Camano (Plenary)
 
Wednesday, September 7
 

9:00am PDT

Emerging/Priority Topics 2

In this session, two important issues will be discussed in a panel-discussion format. All selected issues will have relevance to both the CGIAR and the broader geospatial community. Discussion leaders will provide background and invite discussants with knowledge and experience to challenge the community.

1. Agricultural Investment Mapping (Bhramar)
Updates from several agricultural investment and research mapping initiatives - their status, challenges, and roadmap - and elicit feedback from the geospatial community on how best we can source the data in a standard, sustainable way.

2. Governance/Ethics of Open Geospatial Data (Rodrigo)
Discuss the consequences and ethics of open data with regard to potentially sensitive information (e.g. personal information of vulnerable populations).

Moderators
avatar for Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson

Prof., ITC/University of Twente

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Bacou

Melanie Bacou

Snr. Program Manager, Spatial Data and Analytics, IFPRI
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR
RS

Rodrigo Sara

Legal & Technology Transfer Consultant, IFPRI
I provide legal support for open access initiatives in Ag Science research for development orientated organisations.



Wednesday September 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Whidbey Camano (Plenary)

10:45am PDT

Geospatial Data Platforms: How Open? How Big? How Linked?
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
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR
avatar for Robert Hijmans

Robert Hijmans

Professor, UC Davis
avatar for Andy Jarvis

Andy Jarvis

Co-Pioneer, Big Data Platform
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 →
SW

Stanley Wood

Senior Program Officer - Strategy, 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 PDT
Whidbey Camano (Plenary)

1:00pm PDT

Monitoring and Mapping Agriculture and Rural Welfare; Better, Faster, Cheaper
There is no shortage of goals and indicators that the development community, individual donors, and government agencies take upon themselves to track. However, most are still ill-equipped to generate such indicators at the desired level of frequency, accuracy, and granularity.

For different types of indicators, panelists in this session will discuss how innovations in geospatial technologies and methods can reduce conventional agricultural data challenges, generate better baselines, and monitor progress. Specific types of indicators to discuss in this session will include, for example: crop productivity, animal production, rural livelihoods, socioeconomic dynamics, land tenure, hazards, conflicts and instability, gender, and nutrition, as well as land cover and land use change.

Additionally, this session will also explore how these new approaches complement (or compete with) conventional statistical approaches. For example, micro-satellites or other high-frequency repeat platforms with appropriate area sampling frames might provide more robust and cost-effective means of generating crop production related statistics.

Moderators
avatar for Sander Zwart

Sander Zwart

Senior researcher, AfricaRice

Speakers
avatar for Rolf de By

Rolf de By

assoc. professor, ITC, University of Twente
Small pixels and smallholder farmers
avatar for Jordan Chamberlin

Jordan Chamberlin

Spatial Economist, CIMMYT
avatar for Glenn Hyman

Glenn Hyman

Senior Staff, CIAT
geographic dimensions of tropical agriculture, land use and environment interaction, natural resources management (NRM)
avatar for Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson

Prof., ITC/University of Twente
avatar for Rhiannan Price

Rhiannan Price

Senior Manager, Seeing a Better World Program, DigitalGlobe



Wednesday September 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Whidbey Camano (Plenary)
 
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