[Day 3] Agcommons: Overview

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Presented by Srikant Vasan (BMGF) at the
CGIAR-CSI Annual Meeting 2009: Mapping Our Future. March 31 - April 4, 2009, ILRI Campus, Nairobi, Kenya

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[Day 3] Agcommons: Overview

  1. 1. AGCommons Overview Srikant Vasan Agricultural Development Global Development Program April 2, 2009 1
  2. 2. Our goals, beliefs and approach to reduce rural poverty Our goals • Triple the income of 90MM smallholder households in South Asia and 60MM smallholder households in sub-Saharan Africa by 2025 • Halve child (below 3 years) under-nutrition worldwide by 2025 We believe… Theory of change model: dynamics of system transformation 1 • On-farm income is the primary change determinant for our target populations, and Increased will drive reduced hunger and improved off-farm nutrition Leverage science and technology income 2 • There are four main levers to impact on-farm income Improve farmer – Science and technology productivity Reduced food – Farmer productivity prices – Market access – Policy, Statistics and Advocacy 3 • Intervention sequencing matters – e.g., Increased – Market access and farmer productivity on-farm income need to be addressed simultaneously – Enablers such as infrastructure and policy progress can be preconditions for success Enable market 4 • Sustainable transformation at scale depends access for surplus upon changing farmers’, governments’, non- production profits’ and the private sector’s incentives and abilities to behave differently Build the enabling environment (e.g., policy, infrastructure, extension) 5 • This approach supports impact through secondary pathways out of poverty, including: – Increased off-farm income – Reduced food prices Improved on-farm – Improved on-farm consumption consumption 2
  3. 3. How ICTs can help connect and empower a small farmer Find out which truck driver will drive by her Receive daily local weather reports on Ask her community knowledge village tomorrow to pick up her maize, and her phone & radio, so she knows when worker how to combat the latest what the market lady at Ndola market will pay to plant for it per kilo – arrange for and pay for these outbreak of black rot affecting her cotton roots – he doesn’t know transactions over her cell phone the answer, so he takes a picture of her plant and sends it on to the expert in Lusaka (via his cell phone), who responds with specific suggestions on what to do within 24 hours Listen to a call-in radio show where she can ask questions about what crop to grow in the summer season so she can maximize profits Learn about planting techniques for the seed she’s about to purchase by watching a short video on her Answer some quick questions for Farm Input agro-dealer’s MP3 player which Promotions Africa to enable them to design contains over 500 other ‘how-to’ better fertilizer products for your region clips 3
  4. 4. Motivation for AGCommons  Many disparate activities and programs – within BMGF and outside » Data tends to stay at the source » One-off, vertically integrated point solutions – ‘reinventing the wheel’ » Limited sharing and ‘loose coupling’  Key challenges » Stakeholder engagement – CSI, USAID, NASA, FAO… » Technical / Operational • Accessibility – technical, political, cultural constraints • Interoperability • Affordability » Focus • Enabling the field role (dissemination and collection / two-way data flow) • Primary focus on input / data (vs. output / analysis / customers’ needs) 4
  5. 5. AGCommons – What it is…  Common approaches that will help create stakeholder buy-in » Data sharing – standards, behavior norms, tools, hosting, distribution » Relevant terms for new grant agreements » Approach to interact with other related projects (BMGF and outside)  Commonly accessible Geo-ICT infrastructure to enable interoperability and sharing of data and analyses » Standards, hosting, services, tools, meta-data portal, integration with mobile telephony  Deployment of prioritized projects with greatest impact on small farmers » 3-5 quick wins: available by early 2010 » Phase 2 projects: available by 2011 5
  6. 6. What AGCommons is not…  Comprehensive » Other projects will continue. Focus on few high value projects + interoperability  Single platform » Need service-oriented ways to connect with other projects / data sources  Technology only » Deliver specific solutions (often combine tech, political, cultural factors)  Design only » Design + deployment 6
  7. 7. What I’m hear to learn more about…  How can we best achieve farmer impact quickly  Where are the biggest needs and opportunities  How can we best enable field interaction  How can we engage other stakeholders to build a movement  What business models will best sustain project investments » What do plans of industry leaders (e.g. Google, ESRI, Microsoft) mean for us – what is our unique role 7

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