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Apply Now! $500,000 for Big Data Solutions for Agriculture

By Wayan Vota on August 1, 2018

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Do you want to show the power of big data analytics in agriculture? Can you analyze big data to reveal new ways to reduce hunger and poverty? Are you working on digital technologies that push the limits of data-driven science for impact?

Apply now for CGIAR Big Data Inspire Challenge, which has $500,000 in initial grant funding to help you transform agriculture development in four broad focus areas:

  • Revealing Food System Flows: 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
  • Disrupting Impact Assessment: Applying new tools to unchain impact assessment for agriculture research for development
  • Empowering Data-Driven Farming: Bringing together data streams to have a positive impact on agronomic decision-making

Grant Funding Deadline: August 20, 2018

Winning teams who develop robust responses to climate change, disease, and land degradation challenges will receive $100,000 at the CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention, October 3-5 in Nairobi, Kenya. To encourage long-term adoption and easy access to our data, teams must include a CGIAR center and include a non-CGIAR entity of any type.

Teams will have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability. Successful pilots will be placed on the trajectory to wider-scale implementation, including possibly receiving $250,000 in scale-up funding and additional help in finding widespread adoption within CGIAR.

CGIAR Grant Funding Eligibility

Inspire Challenges are about solving big problems using next-generation ideas. We’re looking for bold, novel ideas that leverage the expansion of big data and digital technologies to unlock new scientific discoveries or enhance the agriculture development enterprise that contain one of these themes:

  • Data Use: Combines multiple data sources and adds value to them through data fusion or analysis, mobilizing underused or misused data – especially CGIAR data.
  • Scale: The project has potential to serve the needs of a growing user base and the interface is well designed and specific to the problem, with the data, procedure for use, and code base well documented.
  • Impact: Enhances stakeholder ability to make decisions problem statement, rationale, process and outputs of the product clearly support decision making affecting the farm level.
  • Sustainability: Narrative clearly indicates hardware, software, human resources required to install/maintain/run the product, and good documentation is provided.
  • Innovation: Proposal is a real game changer with the potential to transform food systems. It is not basic research nor solely targeted towards sustaining ongoing research.
  • Pitch: Pitch and demonstration is compelling, well organised, and clearly illustrates the relationship of the problem to the proposed solution.

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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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16 Comments to “Apply Now! $500,000 for Big Data Solutions for Agriculture”

  1. Bulukare Victo Nanyonjo says:

    thank you so much , now we’re going to to redunce house hold vulnerability j am very happy for that.

  2. First of all, May God bless u for all you do for the worldwide. You are a life time great philanthropist. My name is Bismark Bapono, the president of a local NGO in Ghana call Galaxy Foundation. Putting smiles on the less privileged in our local societies is our highest priority.

  3. ABOLAMBON says:

    We want to get funds from Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research to develop big data analytics in agriculture

    • Wayan Vota says:

      They are challenging partners, universities, and others to use CGIAR data to create innovative pilot projects that will scale. They are looking for novel approaches that democratize data-driven insights to inform local, national, regional, and global policies and applications in agriculture and food security in real time; helping people–especially smallholder farmers and producers–to lead happier and healthier lives.

  4. Lindiwe says:

    We ask donations for organization Nkosibagcine Orphans of HIV AIDS to help children in need. We ask for donations for the schools to teach students and to help the children with homework and counciling. Food, clothing, and health clinic will also help.

  5. Samuel Terkula Mkem Pepper. says:

    How do i access the grant for my agriculture project?

  6. Gideon Y Phiri says:

    Kindly advise me how to apply for more Agriculture funding. Am impressed with the work you are doing for others in combining technology solutions for smallholder farmers.

    • Wayan Vota says:

      Winning teams will receive $100,000 to put their ideas into practice. Teams will have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability. Successful pilots will be placed on the trajectory to wider-scale implementation, including the possibility of receiving an additional $250,000 of scale-up funding.

  7. Karnataka Nithya Vilas Education Society says:

    Sir here I am working at Karnataka Nithya Vilas Education Society. We seek funding to implement agriculture programs in our location.

  8. How do i get grants for establishing agricultural projects.

  9. Benjamin says:

    Please help me financially . I want to buy tractor and other farming equipment for farming.

  10. Thank you for your great support to agriculture but your work to save the next generation, retrieve from the poverty ,Again thank you for your good service to save the nature by support of agriculture. SERD also on the field of agriculture even though we would like to collect database on agriculture field for save the next generation. You have to support us for digital database.

    • Wayan Vota says:

      I don’t think that CGIAR will fund you to develop a digital database. They are looking for agriculture value chain actors that already have “big data” databases and can develop machine learning algorithms to visualize data in new and innovative dashboards.

  11. Sicelo Qhagana says:

    I am Sicelo Qhagana of Qhagana Farming and Projects (Pty) Ltd 2013/175941/07. I am 33 years old and a smallholder farmer.


    God be with you all