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Tuesday, September 19 • 11:00 - 12:00
How to turn the global vision into action?

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Advances in computer science, connectivity, and geospatial analysis are enabling impressive new capabilities that the world needs to build more adaptive food systems.  The agriculture sector, however, trails behind the majority of economic sectors in overall digitization.  What must we do differently?   Panelists from varied backgrounds will address the challenges and opportunities of the digitization of agriculture, examining:

  • What is the role of different actors (public, private, non-profit, and research)?
  • How can we better use data to accelerate and enhance our research insights, and develop robust tools and services that can be mobilized across multiple domains and stakeholder communities to address food and market system needs?      
  • What are the real and perceived cultural and technical roadblocks, and how might they be overcome?
  • What can we learn from other sectors?

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Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR


Erick C.M. Fernandes

Erick Fernandes is an Adviser for Agriculture & Rural Development at the World Bank. He holds a BS in Forestry from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Erick was a Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University with... Read More →
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Joe Flasher

Open Geospatial Data Lead, Amazon Web Services
Joe Flasher is the Open Geospatial Data Lead at Amazon Web Services helping organizations most effectively make data available for analysis in the cloud. The AWS open data program has democratized access to petabytes of data, including satellite imagery, genomic data, and data used... Read More →
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Erik Schultes

Erik Schultes is FAIR Data Scientific Projects Lead at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences and at the Human Genetics Department at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Erik’s research interests focus on mapping the growth of biomedical knowledge and the development of... Read More →

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 →

Tuesday September 19, 2017 11:00 - 12:00 GMT-05
Kellogg Auditorium CIAT HQ, Cali, Colombia