WEBINAR SERIES – Big data & COVID-19: Intro panel on the challenges and solutions (Eps. 1)

WEBINAR SERIES – Big data & COVID-19: Intro panel on the challenges and solutions (Eps. 1)

The first episode of our Discussion Series: Big data solutions to COVID-19 & food security, brought together experts to give an overview of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the opportunities big data solutions present.

♦Sara Mbago-Bhunu | Director, East and Southern Africa Division, International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD)
♦Andy Jarvis
Associate Director-General, Bioversity International and CIAT alliance and co-founder of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture
♦Natalia Pshenichnaya
Head of the AgriTech and CleanTech Programmes at GSMA
♦Brian King
Coordinator of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

In times of crisis, big data tools can help us make sense of and respond to crises with agility and accuracy.
From using satellite remote sensing to monitor crop harvests to leveraging social media data to track population dynamics that may influence the spread of disease, big data tools and approaches have been instrumental in sensing and responding to the pandemic’s impacts on global food security and supply chains.

As we begin recovering and (re)building resilient food systems, we must leverage the power of big data to examine concepts of resilience and inform our understanding of how digital dynamism enables adaptive food systems in the face of shocks, and, in the longer term, addresses systemic issues in agriculture that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

The first panel, held 30 June, brought together four experts to introduce the theme of the discussion series, giving a general overview of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential opportunities big data solutions present for re-building food systems into more resilient, sustainable ones.

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