Blog articles

Making a difference with big data in development

Big data is playing an increasing role in agriculture and rural development. More and more key development institutions, research organisations and individuals are recognising the budding potential of big data to facilitate innovation, and create an impact on smallholder agriculture. This potential touches on, for example, precision farming with very efficient water and fertiliser use, food security coordination through tracking, tracing and transparency, personalised health and nutrition advice and creating biological systems.

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News articles

Blending tradition with innovation to boost rural incomes

Rural households in Samoa are being connected to income streams by adding value to local products and marketing via the Internet. Adimaimalaga Tafunai, Executive Director of Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), explains how linking indigenous traditions to ICT tools is helping to improve smallholder livelihoods and stem the rural exodus.

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Innovation and inclusiveness wins continental recognition for Uganda’s coffee sector

The driving force behind Uganda’s National Coffee Policy and the rise in coffee exports in recent years – the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) – has been recognised for its efforts, winning a continental award for agriculture. NUCAFE is also known for its development of an innovative Farmer Ownership Model, which allows farmers to retain greater ownership of their coffee during the value addition process and receive a higher income.

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Emerging innovations for sustainable dairy developments in East-Africa

Dairy is one of the fastest growing agricultural sub-sectors in Eastern Africa, making the region the leading milk-producer in Africa. The region is a buzz for innovations in the dairy sector. However, many of these innovations are not shared with industry actors or do not influence the value chain widely. This document presents several innovations in the East African dairy sector that are inspiring examples for further dairy developments in Africa.

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Exploring innovations for promoting Pacific agriculture

Regional collaboration, knowledge sharing and partnership are the cornerstones of the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) being held in Vanuatu this week from the 16-20th October 2017. Regional and international agricultural leaders will explore innovations, discuss challenges and look for ways to protect and expand agriculture in the Pacific.

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Joachim von Braun: The future of rural innovation

 Susanna Cartmell-Thorp
by Susanna Cartmell-Thorp

Professor Joachim von Braun, co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and co-chair for an international advisory group to the ‘One World – No Hunger’ conference, which is to be held in Berlin from 27-28 April 2017, highlights the importance of rural areas and the youth in combatting world hunger.

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Scientific Articles

The ethics of innovation in agriculture: Inclusivity and Reflexivity

 Kristal Jones
by Kristal Jones

Innovation has become a buzzword in the realm of international development over the past decade. Major funders such as the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) support 'innovation labs', where resources and expertise are focused on asking new research questions that build on past successes and failures.

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