Digital forum: Big data challenges & solutions across food value chains in the COVID-19 crisis

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In times of crisis, big data tools can help us make sense of and respond to crises with agility and accuracy.

From using satellite remote sensing to monitor crop harvests to leveraging social media data to track population dynamics that may influence the spread of disease, big data tools and approaches have been instrumental in sensing and responding to the pandemic’s impacts on global food security and supply chains.

As we begin recovering and (re)building resilient food systems, we must leverage the power of big data to examine concepts of resilience and inform our understanding of how digital dynamism enables adaptive food systems in the face of shocks, and, in the longer term, addresses systemic issues in agriculture that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

This first episode, 30 June at 4:00 PM CEST, will introduce the theme of the discussion series, giving a general overview of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and what opportunities big data solutions present.


Sara Mbago-Bhunu

Director, East and Southern Africa Division

International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD)



Brian King


CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture


Andy Jarvis

Associate Director General

Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT


Natalia Pshenichnaya

Head of AgriTech and CleanTech



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