Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Data-driven farming in Africa

16 September 2015. Brussels. ACP Secretariat. CTA, IFPRI, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, the Panafrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO) hosted a panel on Data-driven farming in Africa and Launch of the Sub-Saharan Africa Food Security Portal.
This panel brought various perspectives to the debate on data use for improved agricultural transformation in Africa.

See: Background Note & Programme

Panelists: How better data use can increase resilience of food systems against crises
  • Maximo Torero, Division Director of the Markets, Trade & Institutions, IFPRI The benefits of Open data for agriculture [Presentation]
  • Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge Management, CTA The role of mobile applications in data use for agriculture [Presentation]
  • Ben Addom, ICT4D Programme Coordinator, CTA How can farmer’s organizations contribute to data-driven farming? [Presentation]
  • Perspective from PAFO: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO
  • Perspective from Central Africa: Celestin Nga, Permanent Secretary, PROPAC
  • Perspective from Southern Africa: Ishmael Sunga, CEO, SACAU
  • Perspective from West Africa: Djibo Bagna, Président du ROPPA
  • Perspective from UMNAGRI: Abdelmajid Ezzar, President UMNAGRI

01/09/2015. The Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal was presented on September 1 at a
side event during the 2015 ReSAKSS Conference. The event focused on “Providing Timely Data and Analysis to Improve Food Security in Africa.”

The objective of the portal is to provide a set of indicators on food and nutrition security and early warning mechanisms as well as opportunities for dialogue among policymakers, researchers, the private sector and others seeking to increase the resilience of the world’s poor to possible food-related crises, including price and climate shocks.

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