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Creating impact for smallholders with weather data
Creating impact for smallholders with weather data
Wednesday November 22, 2017 Image: Eventbrite
All day event

Organizers

Ministry of Economic Affairs
CTA
GODAN Action
Wageningen UR

Venue

New Babylon Meeting Center
Anna van Buerenplein 29
The Hague, Netherlands
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Website:
http://www.newbabylon.nl/meeting-center/faciliteiten/

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, GODAN Action, CTA and Wageningen UR are partnering to organize the Workshop on “Creating services for agriculture with weather data”. The workshop is hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague and aims at sharing experiences and learning from existing initiatives that focus on providing added value services for smallholders using (open) weather data.

Background

For farmers, being informed about local weather conditions is essential to perform their daily work. Weather conditions are crucial for the development of crops, the ultimate yields and the quality of harvested products. Timely weather based information will support farm management decisions, e.g. regarding seeding date, timing of irrigation and fertilisation and harvesting, and allows for effective risk mitigation. Consequently it can make the difference between good and sub-optimal or even no yields. Thus, the availability of weather data, and especially short and medium term forecasts to act upon are key, for farmers, for service providers providing farm management advice and ultimately also for consumers to ensure food security.

Workshop aims

This workshop aims at sharing experiences and learning from existing initiatives that focus on providing added value services for smallholders using (open) weather data. It will focus at ways to achieve impact for smallholders and the role of standards and capacity building. The workshop will bring together actors from different networks (e.g. GODAN and GODAN Action, G4AW) to discuss good practices for the application of weather data and viable business models that allow Dutch actors to co-create added value services in an international context and that generate impact for smallholders.

Workshop programme

9:30 – 9:50 – Welcome and introduction

  • Sjoerd Croqué (Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands)
  • Sander Janssen (Wageningen UR)

9:50 – 10:00 – Introduction to the programme (Onno Roosenschoon – GODAN Action)

10:00 – 10:20 – Weather data as part of the data value chain towards smallholders (Chris Addison – CTA)

10:20 – 10:40 – Potential impact of accessible weather data (Rob Lokers – GODAN Action)

10:40 – 11:00 – Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 – Parallel working groups “Achieving Impact with Weather Data”

  • Weather data for micro-finance and insurance
  • Weather forecasts – early warning systems for agriculture
  • Weather data for farm management advice

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch

13:30 – 13:50 – An example of a successful end user application driven by weather data (G4AW project presentation)

13:50 – 14:10 – Weather data standards and interoperability (speaker from GODAN Action)

14:10– 15:45 – Parallel working groups “Importance of standards and the role of capacity building”

  • Weather data for micro-finance and insurance
  • Weather forecasts – early warning systems for agriculture
  • Weather data for farm management advice

15:45 – 16:00 – Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45 – Reporting back from the working groups and discussion (Rob Lokers, session facilitators)

16:45 – 17:00 – Conclusions (Sander Janssen)

17:00 – 18:30 – Drinks and buffet

Organizers

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, GODAN Action, CTA and Wageningen UR are partnering to organise the Workshop on Creating services for agriculture with weather data. The workshop is hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

GODAN Action is a three year project funded by DFID to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. In particular it aims to strengthen capacity, to promote common standards and best practice and to improve how we measure impact.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

Registration

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