Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries: 18th February 2015, Brussels


Brussels Policy Briefing no.40

Organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, Concord
18th February 2015, 14h00-18h00 (preceded by lunch)
ACP Secretariat, 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, room C

Programme: (+ enclosed

12h00-14h00 Registration and Lunch
14h00-14h15 Introduction and Opening of the Briefing Introductory remarks:
14h15-16h00 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.


*   What could the data revolution bring to agriculture in ACP countries?
Chris Addison, Senior Expert on Knowledge Management, Isolina Boto, CTA

*   Data quality in Aid and Development
Morten Jerven, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

*   Can data revolution improve food security?
Maximo Torero, Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

*   Open data for Africa and the Africa Information Highway (AIH)
Adam Abdoulaye, Manager of the Statistical Capacity Building Division, African Development Bank

16h00-16h15 Coffee break
16h15-18h00 Panel 2: Scaling up successes through transformative partnerships

This panel will look at specific examples and drivers of successes related to data for agricultural development and how those could be expanded, upscaled and replicated.


*   Strengthening statistical capacity in ACP countries: lessons learned
Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician and Director FAO Statistics Division

*   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)

*   Precision agriculture and the role of PPPs in agribusiness
Ulrich Adam, EU Secretary General at CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery

*   How governments can use open data for the benefit of ACP countries
Stéphane Boyera, Founder and CEO of SBC4D

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