CGIAR BigData: Digital Support For Farmers During COVID

Digital agriculture platforms support for farmers during COVID-19

Thank you to CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture hosting the digital discussion series on BigData challenges & solutions to food security in the COVID19 crisis. Farmforce believes that technology is a great tool, but not an end solution; we need collaborative approaches to support end outcomes that perform ‘on the ground.

During the fifth episode on bridging gaps and building resiliency with digital agriculture platforms, Farmforce’s Head of Implementation, Stephanie Dizon, shared on our learnings over the past months on how digital platforms can support smallholders during COVID. Here are her key takeaways:

A. Embrace flexibility and adapt – don’t be hostage to a “we’ve always done it this way” mentality
B. Conduct short, interactive virtual trainings to keep participant’s attention.
C. Address internet issues with customized offline manuals and training videos.
D. Empower client Super Users with 1-on-1 sessions; build ‘in-house’ resources

More about the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s Digital Discussion Series:
In times of crisis, big data tools can help us make sense of and respond to crises with agility and accuracy. From using satellite remote sensing to monitor crop harvests to leveraging social media data to track population dynamics that may influence the spread of disease, big data tools and approaches have been instrumental in sensing and responding to the pandemic’s impacts on global food security and supply chains.

As we begin recovering and (re)building resilient food systems, we must leverage the power of big data to examine concepts of resilience and inform our understanding of how digital dynamism enables adaptive food systems in the face of shocks, and, in the longer term, addresses systemic issues in agriculture that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Towards that aim, the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is hosting an online discussion series that will bring emergent research and on-the-ground realities together in conversation in order to map out the direct impacts of COVID-19 across food value chains and glean data-driven recommendations and solutions.


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