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Big Data in Agriculture Convention to be Held in Hyderabad from 16-18 October

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo
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The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will organise the third annual convention of CGIAR (earlier known as Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research) Platform for Big Data in Agriculture from 16th to 18th October 2019.

Delegates from India as well as abroad will attend the convention, which is being held with the theme ‘Trust: Humans, Machines kicks’.

Coordinator for the BIG DATA Platform, Brian King said, “We need to increase productivity, but we also need to preserve & renew ecosystems, manage climate extremes & deal with depleting soil & land resources. Reliable digital solutions can be the most important tool we have to rise to the challenge--if we can build them”.

The Big Data in Agriculture Platform is co-led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture or CIAT & the International Food Policy Research Institute or IFPRI.

K T Rama Rao, Telangana Minister for Information Technology will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of the convention on 16th October 2019.


Policymakers, research scientists, local farmers and experts in data science, will talk about the problems & solutions related to trust among institutions, firms and expanding human communities. The discussions will also focus on technologies, which can help build a secure food future.

Brian King said, “The meeting will help the stakeholders tackle intricate themes of trust-building in frameworks that manage ethics, multi-stakeholder coordination, data-driven action & investment in digital agricultural technologies”.  

Director-General of ICRISAT, Peter Carberry said, “The future of food can leverage existing digital technologies & those on the anvil”.

2019 Inspire Challenge

Cash prizes worth $ 1 million will be given to the winners of Inspire Challenge, who have developed projects to enhance the quality of life of farmers using Big Data tools.

An ICRISAT executive said, “10 finalists of 2019 Inspire Challenge have been chosen and will pitch their proposals to a panel of expert judges. Out of these, 5 winners will get $ 1, 00,000 each in cash prizes”.

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