Agenda

Register now for ICTforAg to engage with 300 thought leaders and decision makers in agriculture, technology and international development on June 23, 2017.

Friday, June 23rd

8:30-9:00am: Registration

  • Light Breakfast and Registration
    Wake up, grab coffee and treats, and find your friends and your seat before the event begins

9:00-10:00am: Opening Session

  • The Full ICTforAg Engagement Cycle:  Rachel Sibande, Deputy Chief of Party, Feed the Future Malawi Ag Diversification Activity.
    Successful ICTforAg interventions cannot be stand-alone activities, but need to have a full engagement cycle, from exciting youth to care about agriculture, to developing ICTforAg systems that have scalable impact, to getting government to adopt those systems.

10:00-10:30am: Enlightening Lightning Talks on Key Trends

  • Data-Driven Farming For Everyone: Daniel Jiménez, CIAT
    Small-scale farmers are being left behind in the precision agriculture revolution sweeping advanced economies. How can we help poor farmers in developing countries adopt the newest data-driven farming technologies and reduce info-inequality?
  • Assessing Climate Smart Agriculture at the Farm Level: Jonathan Randall, DAI
    How can we build farm system resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? A new assessment tool tested with farmers in the Eastern Caribbean, Kenya, and Vermont shows promise in different contexts to help communities apply CSA at the farm level.
  • The Importance of Infomediaries: Mridul Chowdhury, mPower Social Enterprises
    Traditional agro recommendation services are often not specific enough for farmers to make field-level recommendations, yet technology-based solutions can be daunting for digitally illiterate farmers. Local infomediaries leveraging precision technologies offer a potential solution with real results.
  • How to Verify Private Sector ICTforAg Activity? Justin Kosoris, AgResults Secretariat
    We all want farmers to adopt our interventions, however its often difficult to engage the private sector and measure uptake. How can we use prizes to increase “pull” with the private sector? And where can use ICT to verify usage?
  • It’s the Market, Stupid: Eric Couper, GreenPath Food
    A how-to guide for donors and implementing agencies on how to work better with private sector buyers, traders, and exporters to increase market linkages, from a former aid implementer turned organic agribusiness owner in Ethiopia.
  • How Can We Improve Digital Financial Services for Smallholder Farmers? Maggie McDonough, Souktel Digital Solutions
    Many DFS solutions suffer from sluggish uptake and poor retention rates, but new experiments in the Asia Pacific are giving insight into better cash handling, transaction transparency, savings plans, and opportunities for new market access.

10:30-11:00am: Morning Break

  • Reconnect with your friends and peers, reflect on the morning’s inspirations and ideas, and visit vendor demonstrations.

11:00am-12:00pm: Morning Plenary

  •  Blockchain for Ag: Demystified and Demarcated Ish Goel, Somish; Violanda de Man, ICS; Mark Tracy, Cargill; Hugh McDonough, Abt Associates
    Blockchain can help overcome chronic mistrust in farmer finance and supply chains and lower transaction costs through smart contracts. Learn what blockchain really is (hint: it’s not Bitcoin) and its potential through development projects and commercial efforts to transform agricultural services.

12:00-12:45pm: Birds of a Feather Lunch Tables and Vendor Demonstrations

  • Connect with Peers at Informal Discussion Tables
    An opportunity to debate core issues with like-minded peers during a casual, yet focused lunch-time discussions and engaging vendor demonstrations

Vendor Demonstration Tables

  • 6th Grain: Molly E Brown, 6th Grain
    6th Grain uses technology to gather farmer-specific data, unmanned aerial vehicle imagery, state of the art geospatial data products, and weather information to provide a comprehensive suite of products for locally specific decision making with governments and institutions in the developing world.
  • Akvo: Ethel Méndez Castillo, Akvo
    Akvo creates open source, internet and mobile software and sensors to help people capture, understand and share high quality data become more effective, transparent and collaborative organizations and transform international development.
  • ColdTrace for Ag: Mitesh Gala, Nexleaf Analytics
    ColdTrace for Ag is a remote temperature monitoring platform that turns cold food storage units into “smart” storage. ColdTrace provides real­-time monitoring, SMS (text message) alerts, web-based data analytics, and customizable features that help smallholder farmers avoid post-­harvest food loss, identify best practices for packing and storage, and maximize their profits.
  • SourceTrace: Dr. Venkat Maroju, SourceTrace Systems
    SourceTrace Systems is a global leader in providing software solutions for sustainable agriculture and empowerment of smallholder farmers in developing economies. SourceTrace offers a comprehensive suite of applications for managing and servicing smallholder farmers in remote areas. SourceTrace solutions are currently impacting more than 300,000 farmers in 17 countries.
  • DevResults: Josh Mandell, DevResults
    DevResults is a web application specifically designed to empower international development, grant-making, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief programs, with tools for managing M&E data, mapping, project management, and collaboration.
  • Fairtrade America: Hans Theyer, FairTrade America
    Fairtrade America is the official US representative of the international Fairtrade certification system, a global network working to increase market access for smallholder farmers and supporting producers to meet environmental, social and economic standards.
  • HITCH: Steve Veerman, Flexfinity Media
    HITCH is a smart wireless router AND predictive video caching platform delivering free impactful videos to underserved users – like smallholder farmers and extension agents. HITCH also provides affordable off-grid energy access, via built-in ports for charging digital devices, powered by enhanced solar & battery capacity.
  • ValiData: Jason Wares, ISG; Scott Graham, FINCA
    ValiData enables field staff to produce very high-quality data sets, utilizing statistical criteria, customized validation rules, and advanced machine-learning functions, and will be debuted at ICTforAg by FINCA International and ISG.
  • More Vendor Demonstrations Forthcoming

12:45-1:30pm Mid-Day Keynote

  • The ICTforAg Start-Up Experience: Linda Kwamboka, mFarm
    An insightful look into the realities and opportunities that start-up ICTforAg innovators experience when launching and scaling their businesses, and what development actors can do to help them succeed.

1:30-2:00pm Inspiring Lightning Talks on New Innovations

  • ICTforAg Innovation Challenges. What Happens Next? Jesus Melendez, Cabot7
    Every day new ICTforAg innovation challenges and contests are announced, but how effective are they? What are the long term results? What does it really take to turn prize winners into sustainable, scalable, and transferable solutions?
  • Do Farmers Really Want Mobile Money? Chrissy Martin, USAID
    We all know the perceived potential for mobile money to transform ag, but what’s it in for the farmer? What are we learning about farmer incentives to adopt mobile money? How do we address fees, literacy, connectivity, and other challenges to make mobile money relevant?
  • Imagery, Spectral Science, and Sustainable UAV Business Models: Solomon Elorm Allavi, Syecomp Ghana
    Private companies in Ghana are investing in drones with multi-spectral agrosensors to provide info-services for farmers. Yet the business model for drone imagery in agriculture is unproven. Who is innovating? What are they learning? And are there sustainable business models?
  • Innovative Use Cases for Digital Biometric Identity: Puneet Chopra, MicroSave
    India now has over 1 billion people with digital biometric identities, enhancing farmer access to government agricultural benefits. What are the lessons learned from it and similar endeavours across geographies? How can we use them for better farmer identity in every country?
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Livestock Market Information Services: Thomas Herlehy, AECOM
    Many countries are looking at market pricing systems, yet few are sustainable. How can PPPs help information systems scale? When is a user-centric re-design needed? And where can mobile network operators play a key role?

2:00-2:15pm Session Transfers

  • Reflect on the keynote and lightning talk, reconnect with your peers, and choose your next experience

2:15-3:15pm Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Uber for Tractors: Mechanization for Smallholder Farmers: Hedwig Siewertsen AGRA; Jason Wendle, Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab
    Farm mechanization is crucial to improve farm efficiencies and attract youth to ag, but most farmers’ plots and incomes are too small to justify investments in machinery. How can we help farmers share the cost of mechanization? What is the value proposition for shared use? Who is doing ‘Uber for tractors’ now and what are they learning?
  • How to Digitize the Certification Cycle? Eric Couper, GreenPath Food; Brent Chism, Taroworks; Margot Conover, Fairtrade America
    What certification is best for your organization? Organic? Fairtrade? Something else? And what technologies do you deploy to get certified and maintain it? Explore the challenges cooperatives face deciding which certification scheme they should pursue and the ICT systems needed for certification compliance.
  • Where are the AgTech Investment Opportunities? Sabeen Dhanani, USAID
    Venture and impact investors are starting to explore opportunities to invest in small holder farmer services. What will drive their decision making? How can innovators best position themselves for funding? What will success look like for farmers, entrepreneurs, and investors?
  • Seeding & Scaling Digital Extensions Services: Chukwuemeka Uche Onuora, HITCH; Mridul Chowdhury, mPower Social Enterprises; Alex Dunlop, Digital Green
    Extension services face a bewildering array of technology options, and are challenged get past the outbound-only messaging rut. What are examples of tools and systems that create truly farmer-responsive systems?
  • More Sessions Forthcoming Soon

3:15-3:30pm Ice Cream Social Session Transfer

  • Reflect on the previous session, visit vendor demonstrations, and choose your next experience while enjoying a little afternoon pick-me-up ice cream snack.

3:30-4:30pm Mid-Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Growing Public Private Partnerships in Agriculture: Luc Hilhorst, SMASH; Alexandra Morgan-Kisarale, Dimagi; Annah Latané, RTI International
    What is it like to develop a technology system to support an emerging value chain, with an evolving business model, in a fragile environment? Experience a 360-degree view of SMASH, a private-sector led value chain in Haiti.
  • Responsible Data Practices for Digital Development: Siobhan Green, Sonjara ; Linda Raftree, Kurante; Ana Maria Cuenca, FHI 360; Abdul Bari Farahi, FHI 360
    There is an increasing push for data in ag programs, which can amplify both potential benefits and harms to individuals and communities. Join in a discussion of what are good practices, grounded in legal and ethical frameworks, that balance needs for farmer privacy and security with the need for data use and sharing.
  • Do Women Even Use This Thing? Brenda Lee Pearson, DAI; Katie Highet, FHI 360;
    We know there is a broad gender gap in ICT usage, but how does this materialize in mAg services? What works, what doesn’t, and what will really change ICTforAg? How can we move from gender-aware, to gender-actionable, to gender-transformative approaches in DFS for farmers?
  • Accelerating the Promise of Digital Financial Services for Agriculture: Lee Babcock, Grameen Foundation; Stephen Hellen, CRS; Nadia van de Walle, Intermedia
    There is broad consensus that digital financial services can positively impact farmers but impact is limited and scalability is challenging.  How can research, strategic alliances, and integrating DFS into the value chain be brought together in a more scientific way to improve outcomes?
  • Know Your Farmer: Multi-channel Communication in Hard to Reach Places: Merrill Jordan, IBTCI; Katy Money, GeoPoll; Sarah Titus, JSI
    Today we have multiple technology tools to reach farmers, including SMS, IVR, FM radio, video, and mobile apps. When should we use analog vs. digital solutions? What are the benefits and challenges of a mixed media approach? And how can use these tools to listen too?
  • More Sessions Forthcoming Soon

4:30-5:00pm: Closing Session

  • Business Unusual: Leveraging New ICT for Better Agricultural Development: Julius Adewopo, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
    Traditional approaches defining who, where, and what to target for agricultural development interventions in Africa are insufficient to address today’s food security challenges. We must adapt and harness rapidly evolving GIS, UAV, and Big Data technologies to improve soil, weather, management, and inputs utilization across diverse geographies and national frontiers.

5:00-7:00pm: Conference Reception & Hands-On Demos

  • Digital Development Week Happy Hour Reception
    Join over 300 of your peers in agriculture, technology, and development at a very special reception. We will be celebrating Digital Development Week with hands-on demos of cool technology, drink in hand.

Vendor Demonstration Tables

  • 6th Grain: Molly E Brown, 6th Grain
    6th Grain uses technology to gather farmer-specific data, unmanned aerial vehicle imagery, state of the art geospatial data products, and weather information to provide a comprehensive suite of products for locally specific decision making with governments and institutions in the developing world.
  • Akvo: Ethel Méndez Castillo, Akvo
    Akvo creates open source, internet and mobile software and sensors to help people capture, understand and share high quality data become more effective, transparent and collaborative organizations and transform international development.
  • ColdTrace for Ag: Mitesh Gala, Nexleaf Analytics
    ColdTrace for Ag is a remote temperature monitoring platform that turns cold food storage units into “smart” storage. ColdTrace provides real­-time monitoring, SMS (text message) alerts, web-based data analytics, and customizable features that help smallholder farmers avoid post-­harvest food loss, identify best practices for packing and storage, and maximize their profits.
  • SourceTrace: Dr. Venkat Maroju, SourceTrace Systems
    SourceTrace Systems is a global leader in providing software solutions for sustainable agriculture and empowerment of smallholder farmers in developing economies.  SourceTrace offers a comprehensive suite of applications for managing and servicing smallholder farmers in remote areas. SourceTrace solutions are currently impacting more than 300,000 farmers in 17 countries.
  • DevResults: Josh Mandell, DevResults
    DevResults is a web application specifically designed to empower international development, grant-making, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief programs, with tools for managing M&E data, mapping, project management, and collaboration.
  • Fairtrade America: Hans Theyer, FairTrade America
    Fairtrade America is the official US representative of the international Fairtrade certification system, a global network working to increase market access for smallholder farmers and supporting producers to meet environmental, social and economic standards.
  • HITCH: Steve Veerman, Flexfinity Media
    HITCH is a smart wireless router AND predictive video caching platform delivering free impactful videos to underserved users – like smallholder farmers and extension agents. HITCH also provides affordable off-grid energy access, via built-in ports for charging digital devices, powered by enhanced solar & battery capacity.
  • ValiData: Jason Wares, ISG; Scott Graham, FINCA
    ValiData enables field staff to produce very high-quality data sets, utilizing statistical criteria, customized validation rules, and advanced machine-learning functions, and will be debuted at ICTforAg by FINCA International and ISG.
  • More Vendor Demonstrations Forthcoming