Here is a BigDataEurope Webinar- Ready to join?

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One of the components of Agroknow’s work in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project is to identify and promote big data initiatives and existing work in the agri-food sector and at a global level and see how these could be mapped to the technical work that the project will design and deploy at a later stage. At the same time, existing efforts, work and outcomes are studied and good practices are identified, in order to be adapted and adopted in different cases. In this context, we were happy to see some month ago CGIAR, a global network of fifteen (15) agricultural research centers all over the world, show activity towards the exploitation of big data for addressing food security.… Click to read the full post

Fighting hunger with big data: doing it the CGIAR way

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Get ready for some serious numbers – by 2030, the CGIAR wants its action to result in 150 million fewer hungry people, 100 million fewer poor people – at least 50% of whom are women, and 190 million ha less degraded land. They have mobilised a tremendous amount of money from their donors to achieve it. And they are now designing the way in which they will make it happen.

Taking a closer look to their recently published progress of work, I was intrigued by two things:

  • They follow a truly transparent process, since they have published quite elaborate and detailed pre-proposals that are still under evaluation.
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Stakeholder consultation on CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework

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CGIARThe CGIAR Funders Forum and Fund Council discussed a draft version of a new Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) for CGIAR in Brussels on November 4-5, 2014 and agreed on next steps to its completion, which will include a broad stakeholder consultation jointly organized by GFAR and the CGIAR Consortium (as part of GCARD3) that provides stakeholders and partners both inside and outside CGIAR with two opportunities to provide inputs and feedback, highlighted in these 2 steps:

Step 1: CGIAR SRF Stakeholder consultation: November through December 2014

Step 2: CGIAR Stakeholder consultation on final draft SRF (released in late January, 2015 – ahead of a final version to be approved in April-May 2015)

In this context, everyone is invited to provide feedback on the ongoing Step 1 activities, by commenting on the existing principles or using any of the means provided in the Consultation page of the CGIAR website (e.g.… Click to read the full post

Practical considerations on the Open Access & Data Management Policy of CGIAR

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CGIARCGIAR (ex- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a large network of 15 agricultural research centers located all over the world, which generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The amount of research outcomes produced by the researchers of these centers is huge; still, there was no concrete plan for facilitating access to these outcomes nor any hint of opening up access to them until 2012 when the CGIAR Consortium approved the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets. It was obvious that the CGIAR Consortium had the intention to make all of its data and research outputs open and harvestable and in this context, these principles were approved and adopted in March 2012.… Click to read the full post

The GFSP Open Source Platform for Food Safety Capacity Building: Hands-on session

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GFSP_logoLast week, we worked together with our GFSP colleagues from the World Bank and CCCET Global to prepare a presentation of the technology platform that we would like to see being set up to support such a large scale network of institutions. We took advantage of a GFSP event titled “Food Safety in Dairy Development Stakeholder Consultation Workshop – East Africa that took place on November 3rd and 4th, at the Nairobi campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, one of the CGIAR consortium centres). Our aim was to help Amy Evans from the GFSP Secretariat of the World Bank give a talk about the rationale and need for putting such a platform in place.… Click to read the full post

CGIAR Open Access mandate: Work in progress in the case of ICARDA

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icardaAgro-Know has a long time involvement in Open Access through its participation in related EU-funded projects (such as VOA3R and agINFRA), its participation and contribution in related initiatives and events and more lately through our active involvement in the FAO AGRIS Network (Agro-Know is hosting & responsible for the Data Processing Unit of the traditional AGRIS service) but also through the expertise and experience of each team members (such as agricultural domain experts, information scientists and librarians, software engineers and web developers etc.). In this context, almost five months after the CGIAR presentation, Agro-Know made a contact with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), one of the 15 CGIAR Centers and it was agreed that Agro-Know would be responsible for the following:

  • Provide an overview of the current situation of ICARDA and the Dryland Systems program regarding information available, repositories and related processes and workflows;
  • Recommend the optimal approach for ICARDA and Dryland Systems, in terms of technology, skills, processes and responsibilities in the organizations;
  • Taking responsibility to prepare the ICARDA and Dryland Systems Open Access Plan, following the Guidelines set out by the CGIAR Consortium.
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International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

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icardaThe International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was established back in 1977, as one of the CGIAR Consortium Research Centers. As the name implies, the scope of ICARDA is to develop agricultural research innovations to be applied in dry areas; a mission really important, as dry regions cover more than 40% of the earth’s surface and are home to 2.5 billion people – a significant percentage of the world’s population. According to ICARDA, its mission is “to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources.”

ICARDA puts conservation agriculture practices at the core of its activities, aiming to ensure the optimal use of the limited resources available in the target & collaborating countries.… Click to read the full post

Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium

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CGIARA webinar on “Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium” took place on 10th of April at 11:00am (CEST). The presentation delivered by Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication at the CGIAR Consortium, provided an overview and update on the CGIAR Consortium’s progress in Open Access, including some of the challenges and opportunities of advocating for Open Access across the Consortium. Piers Bocock is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Consortium’s Knowledge Management, Communications, and IT strategies, leveraging best practices in these disciplines to help the Consortium deliver on its mandate.… Click to read the full post