LD4D takes on CGIAR’s Big Data in Agriculture Livestock Community of Practice

Karen Smyth represented LD4D at CGIAR’s Big Data in Agriculture Convention which took place in Cali, Colombia in September 2017. The Big Data in Agriculture Convention of 2017: An Alliance for a Data Revolution, aimed to align the international scientific community to ‘’inspire a data revolution and to celebrate the intersection of big data and agriculture’’. The event gathered together the international community of scientists, researchers, technologists, development experts, policy analysts, donors, advocates, change agents, last mile implementers, and many others to a convention at the intersection of big data and agriculture. Topics covered included how big data can transform smallholder agriculture, enabling farmers to boost food production and respond to pressing challenges such as climate change. Around 300 attended the 3 day event. For presentation and videos from the event please follow this link http://bigdata.cgiar.org/big-data-in-agriculture-convention-2017/

Livestock Key Facts Update

At the June 2017 LD4D meeting, a Livestock Facts working group was established to identify and review lists of livestock key facts. The Livestock Facts working group identified that another project, Global Livestock Advocacy for Development (GLAD), was operating in this arena. GLAD is a BMGF project tasked to help counter unbalanced narratives and to increase understanding of livestock-in-development dialogues. Amongst other things, the GLAD project is distilling evidence around livestock ‘goods’ and ‘bads’ as well as developing a user-friendly toolkit giving access to livestock evidence, facts and key statistics as well as a learning module to help people better advocate livestock-for-development issues. Read more

LD4D meeting – plans moving ahead!

The SEBI team is busy working towards the next LD4D meeting. We are working on a draft programme which we will send to you shortly for your thoughts.
The next LD4D meeting will be held in Kenya the week beginning 19 February 2018. To keep costs down, we would like to start booking flights and secure your accommodation very soon. As before, we will fund 1 LD4D member from each institution. Antonia Robb, SEBI Administrator, will be in touch shortly to discuss your flight options.

Engaging with CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

Karen Smyth – SEBI Deputy Director will represent LD4D at the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Convention in 19-22 September 2017.  This activity emerged from the LD4D meeting in June 2017. A position paper on LD4D and its data related activities was prepared and will be presented to the Big Data in Agriculture Steering Committee for consideration. It is hoped that this will result in LD4D playing a prominent role in this community.  More to follow!

Livestock Key Facts update

The livestock facts project aims to ensure that facts relevant to livestock sector are up-to-date and robust. The LD4D livestock facts working group have joined forces with the GLAD livestock advocacy project and FAO to assess and review key livestock facts with the goal of creating a credible and reliable platform for fact checking and sharing. The livestock facts will likely be hosted on the new SEBI ‘livestockdata.org’ website, all facts will be peer reviewed and full reference material will be supplied.  The livestock facts will offer an open-access resource, with downloadable data and graphics.  Louise Donnison (SEBI Data Analyst) will represent LD4D at a joint LD4D, GLAD and FAO meeting at ILRI, Nairobi planned for October 2017.


LD4D Dairy Sector Demand Study in Ethiopia update

The LD4D demand study working group has commissioned a pilot study into the data information needs of local stakeholders with an interest in livestock productivity and mortality in the dairy sector in Ethiopia.  The LD4D demand study working group will provide support in identifying key stakeholders and suitable study sites in Ethiopia. The objective of this study is to ensure that future livestock models and analytics are better targeted to stakeholder needs.

Four consultants have been invited to submit tenders for the work. Review of tenders will begin shortly with a view to commissioning the study by early October.

LD4D demand study working group comprises Tim Robinson (FAO), Mario Herrero (CSIRO), Neil Gammon (GalvMED), Dolapo Enahoro (ILRI), Stan Wood (BMGF), Alan Duncan (ILRI/SEBI), Darren Watt (Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh) and Karen Smyth (SEBI)