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Apply Now: $1 Million for Your Big Data Solutions for Agriculture

By Wayan Vota on June 3, 2019

Advances in computing power, data storage, and data communications are creating powerful tools for helping make smallholder farming and food systems more precise, profitable, and adaptive. Later this week, ICTforAg 2019 will feature many digital innovations in agriculture.

However, digital agriculture worldwide has not realized its full potential. Despite active promotion from industry, the real rates of adoption of precision agriculture have been particularly slow in developing economies, especially machine learning, sensor technologies, and areal robotics.

$1 Million CGIAR Challenge Grant Funding Opportunity

The CGIAR Inspire Challenge is an opportunity for research organizations to partner with industry and leverage public good data – especially CGIAR data – to help:

  • Launch digital innovations in the agriculture sector to solve intractable challenges
  • Scale-up existing digital agriculture programs to attract investment capital.

Winning teams will receive $100,000 to put their big data ideas into practice during a 12-month small-scale proof of concept activity. Successful teams can receive an additional $250,000 scale-up funding and widespread adoption within CGIAR.

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Grant Funding Categories for 2019

The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture has awarded over $2 million USD since 2017 to innovative ICTforAg projects using big data approaches to advance agricultural research and development. For 2019, the four grant funding categories include:

  • Revealing Food Systems: Mapping and monitoring food system flows to inform policy-makers and problem-solvers
  • Monitoring Pests & Diseases: Creating innovative disease diagnostic tools to alert on crop, livestock and fish threats
  • Empowering Data-Driven Farming: Bringing together data streams to have a positive impact on agronomic decision-making
  • Sensing and Renewing Ecosystems: Identifying key ways to mitigate or reverse ecological fragility related to agricultural production

In addition to one of the focus areas above, CGIAR Inspire Challenge proposals must be a collaboration between CGIAR staff and an external partner.

Apply Now: Deadline is June 17, 2019

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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5 Comments to “Apply Now: $1 Million for Your Big Data Solutions for Agriculture”

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