The Brussels Development Briefing n.40 on the subject of “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” was held in Brussels at 14h00-18h00 (preceded by lunch 12h00-14h00) on 18th February 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Bruxelles, Room C).
The explosion of digital data offers new technological opportunities for enhancing agricultural development; it has also become a key asset for all economies in the world. By looking at significant trends, approaches and experiences in using open data for food and nutrition security, this Briefing shall shed light on the impacts of the global data revolution for agriculture.
The increasing volume of real-time data represents both a challenge and an opportunity for developing countries, and in particular, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Harnessing the opportunities offered by this new digital landscape of open data systems shall be crucial: to meet acute data gaps throughout the value chain; to collect reliable data and statistics; to accurately plan and influence policies and interventions; to benefit from private-public partnerships, especially in the food industry; to inform global development efforts, donor decisions, and policy.
The audience of 120 key stakeholders includes ACP-EU policy makers, regional organizations, representatives of EU Member States, European Commission services, Members of the European Parliament, private sector, civil society groups, European research and development practitioners and international organizations.
Webstreaming : you can watch a live recording of this Briefing
Capacity4Dev feature on Agriculture’s Data Revolution:
Introductory remarks Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary-General [Opening remarks|Video], ACP Secretariat; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission [Video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA [Opening remarks|Video]
Panel 1: The Data revolution: from data collection to real-time digital data
This panel will review the key challenges and opportunities for data revolution of relevance to the agricultural sector in ACP countries and the lessons learned from various information systems. [Full Video]
– Can data revolution improve food security?
Maximo Torero, Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) [Presentation |Video]
Panel 2: New opportunities for agriculture in the data revolution
This panel will look at examples and drivers of successes related to data for agricultural development and how those could be expanded, upscaled and replicated. [Full video]
– Introduction [Video]
– How can farmer’s organizations benefit from ICTs application to agriculture?
Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Famers Organisation and President Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) [Presentation|Video]