Draft Agenda

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ICTforAg will engage with 300 thought leaders and decision makers in agriculture, technology and international development on June 14, 2018.

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Thursday, June 14th

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

  • Where Technology Can Have Impact: Elsa A. Murano, Director, Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
    What are the challenges across the farming ecosystem? Where can technology play a role in solving problems? How should we orientate ourselves and our solutions to have the greatest impact?

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

  • Digital Technologies for Agricultural Development in the Global South:  Richard Duncombe, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
    What are the best practices learned from relevant practitioner experiences and academic research on information sharing services, the use of infomediaries, and facilitating change in agricultural systems and settings?
  • How to Increase Women’s Use of ICT in Agriculture? Angelique Uwimana, FAO Rwanda
    There are seven critical factors for success in ICTforAg initiatives, yet each presents gender barriers to women’s access to, control and use of ICTs for agriculture. How can we better integrate gender into our activities and narrow the gender gap?
  • Lessons From Replicating PAYG Solar in Agriculture: Ankunda Kariisa, USAID
    Pay-as-you-go solar sales models are a success in Kenya, so USAID’s Digital Finance and D2FTF teams explored introducing similar products in Uganda to onboard smallholder farmers onto mobile wallets. Did it work? And what did they learn?
  • Can Nepal and Cambodia Really Have Common Ag Data Standards? Kathryn Alexander, Development Gateway
    How two very different countries are working towards data interoperability standards, sharing common agriculture data structures, and utilizing existing data storage tools for Feed the Future reporting.
  • A WISE Solution for Senegalese Fishermen: Berhane Gebru FHI 360
    How can ICTforAg solutions support fishermen and women processors, making both groups more competitive? With An electronic fish market information system, navigational information, and weather forecasts for local cooperatives.

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

  • Can Artificial Intelligence Improve Farming Processes? Andrew Hyde, US Department of State; Stewart Collis, aWhere;
    Chatbots, machine learning, natural language processing and other futuristic tools are coming online now to support ICTforAg innovation. What are the real use cases? Where are the successes and failures? And how can we use them too?
    Have an informed opinion? Contact us to co-lead this session!

12:00-1pm: Lunch Sessions & Vendor Demonstrations

  • What about Wakanda? Jawoo Koo, International Food Policy Research Institute
    Apply systems thinking, modeling tools, and a touch of humor to assess the (in)feasibility of vibranium-powered technology breakthroughs needed, and market systems required, for food self-sufficiency featured in the movie Black Panther.
  • Blockchain Today: Where Are We Now? Gabriel Krieshok, Abt Associates
    Last year, distributed ledger technology was at the peak of inflated expectations. Is it now in the trough of disillusionment as the hype wears off? What practical implementation examples can lead us to the plateau of blockchain usefulness?
  • Open Informal Lunch Discussion Tables
    An opportunity to network with like-minded peers during casual unstructured lunch-time discussions.

Vendor Demonstration Tables

  • Showcase Your Solution: Sign up now to demonstrate your innovations for 300 key thought leaders and decision makers at the intersection of technology, agriculture, and international development.

1:00-1:30pm Mid-Day Keynote

  • Scaling Agriculture Platform Punjab to 2.5 Million Farmers: Waqas Amjad, Telenor Pakistan
    What does it take to deliver 2,500,000 smartphones with pre-installed apps to smallholder farmers in 2-3 years? Then get them to make millions of activities on the platform? That’s the ambitious goal of Telenor Pakistan and the Government of Punjab who aim to accelerate adoption of modern farming practices in Pakistan.

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

  • Insights From African Smallholder Farmers Themselves: Inta Plostins GeoPoll
    What insights can the development community gain by regularly surveying smallholder farmers via mobile? How are the findings challenging our traditional perceptions of this rapidly changing population? What can we do to adapt?
  • Innovations from the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize: Lauren Bieniek, USAID
    What digital tools can provide smallholder farmers in Africa with the information they need to identify, treat, and track the fall armyworm before it causes $2.4 to $6.2 billion in losses for maize?
  • How to Make Sure Smallholder Farmers Take Action on Your Message? Diana Popa, Extensio
    You spend thousands of dollars sending messages to farmers. How can you ensure farmers find them relevant, and take action on them? What about an Actionability Index to measure your message usability and potential impact?
  • The Reality of Climate Change Resilience: Ville Myllynpää, University of Turku
    What does a climate adaptation service look like for small scale farmers in rural Morogoro, Tanzania? How is their climate changing? What services do they need for adaptation? How can we provide them?
  • USAID Digital Identity Toolkit, Aubra Anthony, USAID
    How can USAID staff and implementing partners make responsible digital identity system design, implementation, and oversight decisions that impact smallholder farmers?

2:00-2:15pm Session Transfers

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

2:15-3:30pm Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • How to De-Risk ICTforAg Investments? Zaki Raheem, DAI Global; Festus William Amoyaw, Acumen Fund
    The development community has the potential to play a critical role in “de-risking” ICTforAg innovations. How can we leverage aid funding and impact investing resources to catalyze private capital and scale solutions? What kinds of technical assistance, blended finance, and new financial instruments do we need in order to attract investments?
  • The Reality of Farmer Data Privacy & Security: Stefanie Colish, Fairtrade America; Bobbi Gray, Grameen Foundation
    We are collecting farmer data and creating digital profiles of farmers and their farms, yet we should also be promoting responsible data practices in our work. What is the current dynamic between farmers and buyers data collection and ownership? How can we increase trust and reduce discomfort between both parties? What about our own data collection, analysis, and sharing processes? How can we improve our systems like we ask others to do?
  • How to Drive Youth Entrepreneurship with ICTforAg Solutions? Karis McGill, RTI International; Anand Varghese, DAI; Michael McCabe, USAID
    Digital technologies may be a critical tool to transform developing countries’ agriculture sectors into stronger, more connected market economies. How can we help youth to spearhead this transition, serving as technology adopters as well as entrepreneurs leveraging the potential of this emerging market opportunity?
  • How to Reduce Gender Divides in ICTforAg Programs? Bernard Pelletier, Farm Radio International; Melissa Persaud, Viamo, David Spielman, International Food Policy Research Institute;
    What are the best practices for integrated extension messaging approaches that target women across video, FM radio, SMS, and interactive voice response platforms? What has worked, and not, when scaling these solutions, and how can we use these insights in future programs?
  • Three Approaches to Creating Digital Market Linkages in Georgia: Brian King, Georgia Zrda; Tamar Toria, Georgian Farmers Association
    What can we learn from three competing platforms in the same market, each focused on supporting farmers with extension information, online input sales, traceability services, and market match-making, with different revenue models and approachs to sustainability? How can other small business facilitators support similar, healthy competition too?

3:30-3:45pm 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.

3:45-5:00pm Mid-Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Experiences From the Field: Tamar Toria, Georgian Farmers Association; Carolina Corral, Extensio; Waqas Amjad, Telenor Pakistan
    What can we learn from the different experiences and challenges of ICTforAg leaders in Georgia, Mexico, Pakistan, and other countries? How does the definition of success differ and where are the surprising commonalities across these disparite markets?
  • How Can Land Tenure Technology Change Farmer Livelihoods? Peter Levine, Abt Associates; Jill Urban-Karr, Trimble Navigation Systems; Eric Trachtenberg, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Jawoo Koo, International Food Policy Research Institute
    Land use planning, tenure, and spatial certainty are pivotal to smallholder agricultural development. How can ICT tools like UAVs, satellite imagery, LIDAR and document management systems speed up land governance processes and make them more inclusive? When can farmers expect transparent and sustainable solutions that clearly document boundaries and ownership?
  • Unlocking Smallholder Resilience with Insurance: Jeanna Holtz, Abt Associates; Jenn Cisse, USAID; Jo Anne Yeager Sallah, RTI
    Technology can help inclusive insurance markets speed up post-disaster recovery for smallholder farmers by providing access to financial safety nets like life, disability, crop, and livestock insurance solutions. What is our role? The role of the private sector? What is working in digital insurance to protect farmer livelihoods?
  • How to Use Data to Provide Better Financial Services? Samuel Schueth, InterMedia; Max Mattern, CGAP; Fernando Maldonado, USAID; Tasnuba Sinha, FHI 360
    As data is becoming an increasingly vital tool in ICTforAg, what are the new services, tools, and business models to increase financial inclusion? How can we embrace these services and also address data privacy and consumer protection concerns?
  • Where Can ICTforAg Help Increase Climate Change Resilience? Ville Myllynpää, University of Turku; Berhane Gebru FHI 360; Lynne Carter, Louisiana State University
    What are the impacts of climate change today? How is this impacting farmers now? Can technology solutions increase the resilience of smallholder farmers? What steps should we take to help them adapt in real time to increased climate variability and instability?

5:00-5:30pm: Closing Session

  • How Can New Solutions Change the Smallholder Paradigm? Jacques de Vos, Mezzanine Ware
    How can new technologies link multinational agricultural suppliers, advisory agencies and global food traders with the smallholder farmers that dominate African agriculture? Which solutions will cuts costs, increase efficiency, improve risk management, and galvanize the continent’s agricultural sector? And how can this leap forward be equitable for farmers, who are often the last to benefit from new innovations?

5:30-7:00pm: Conference Reception & Hands-On Demos

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

Vendor Demonstration Tables

  • Showcase Your Solution: Sign up now to demonstrate your innovations for 300 key thought leaders and decision makers at the intersection of technology, agriculture, and international development.