[Day 3] Agcommons Program

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Presented by Enrica Porcari (CGIAR CIO) 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 Program

  1. 1. AGCommons AGCommons Program Why, what and when Enrica M. Porcari Chief Information Officer, CGIAR Chair, AGCommons Steering committee Nairobi, April 2nd 2009
  2. 2. AGCommons Mission: “Improve incomes of mprove incomes of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa through location intelligence.quot; Improveincomes of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa through location intelligence.quot; smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through location intelligence”
  3. 3. AGCommons: why?  Kenyan farmer Mary relies on her own instincts to decide which crops to plant or when to harvest.  A farm’s location greatly affects its chance for success and productivity;  Local farmers do not have access to location-specific information about their farm’s area: –soils –the best crops –the most appropriate farming techniques –which markets are offering the most competitive prices  Like more than 70 percent of rural Africans who live in poverty, Mary depends on agriculture for her family’s food and livelihood
  4. 4. Key Challenges to Success  Key challenges to effectively reach farmer Mary – Accessibility – technical, political, cultural constraints – Affordability – Enabling the field role: dissemination and collection - two- way data flow – Change in focus from input / data to output / analysis / users’ needs – Engage key-user groups
  5. 5. AGCommons what? “ensure availability of and access to relevant, timely, and targeted knowledge that leverages information about the “spatial” context of agriculture “ So Mary can take more informed decisions…
  6. 6. AGCommons how? Phase I (through end 2009):  Engagement – Engage a community of Stakeholder – Focus on end-user requirements – Ensure diversity of perspectives – Cooperation and buy-in on program goals  Outreach plan – East and West Africa – Nairobi meeting – Workshop in Rome and Washington DC
  7. 7. AGCommons how? Phase I (through end 2009):  Contribute to commonly accessible Geo-ICT infrastructure to enable interoperability and sharing of data and analyses – Service-oriented, not technology driven  Scan environment: avoid duplications, ensuring synergies (IWMI)
  8. 8. AGCommons how?  QuickWin Projects: – Nodes of growth: Improving legume seed networks in Kenya - CIAT-Africa – Seeing Is Believing: unlocking precision agriculture in West African smallholder communities with very high resolution imagery – ICRISAT – Roads Data Development in Ethiopia - NASA (SEDAC) – Community Level Crop Disease Surveillance - Grameen Foundation – Africa Trial Sites Catalogue: Reaching out to farmers, agronomists and plant breeders with spatially efficient, participatory testing networks - CGIAR
  9. 9. AGCommons who?  Steering Committee Enrica Porcari - Chair (CGIAR) Laurent Gouinde Sedogo, PhD Minister of Agriculture, Water and Srikant Vasan, BMGF Fisheries of the Republic of Burkina Stanley Wood, IFPRI/CGIAR Faso Kate Lance, NASA Olajide Kufoniyi, PhD, Obafemi Peter Ndunda, The Green Belt Awolowo University in Nigeria Movement Jos Bakker, ARCADIS Jeff Tschirley, FAO  CGIAR, Program Coordinator  CH2MHill and ITC, Implementation Team
  10. 10. What we’d like to hear…  Your “big ideas” to design Phase II – How to best achieve farmer impact quickly – What can we contribute? – Achieving sustained stakeholder engagement (we cannot do this alone!)
  11. 11. Thank you! www.agcommons.org

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