Community of Practice | 27 September 2018 
            Data-Driven Agronomy   



  • Poll
  • CoP mini workshop
  • The need for open validation schemes
  • Comments?
Time for the showdown!

Dear Members,

As a community of practice (CoP) we aim to collectively strengthen the innovation in technology and big data to tackle an array of agricultural challenges. Therefore, each year our CoP targets a specific topic for the community to debate so that we can collectively make progress on some of the most critical issues related to Data-driven Agronomy.

In 2018 our topic is:   
The showdown. How do we validate the power of Data-driven Agronomy tools? 

In this newsletter,  we would like to introduce the idea of creating standards for validating these tools and hear from our members about  there ideas.

As always, we hope you are as enthusiastic as we are for what is in store, as we work together to find data-driven solutions to tackle an array of agricultural challenges.

Daniel Jimenez
CoP Leader

Share your opinion with us!

Please indicate what component of data driven agronomy tools need, in your opinion, validating the most: 
 Performance of the tool
 Intrinsic quality of the algorithmns used
 Data privacy
CoP mini-workshop

You are invited to join us during the "mini-workshop": How do we validate the power of Data-driven Agronomy tools?

The session will be held during the big data platform convention in Nairobi on the 4th of October. 
For more info click here  and for signing up for the convention please click on the image below.

The need for open validation schemes
 "Making the DDA service markets more readable, transparent and fair to end users" 

The nascent industry of data-driven agronomy services is flourishing. Many start-ups are launching services to support farmers with data capture, storing and analysis tools, promising gains in yield, reduced input costs, and increased profits.

However, it remains difficult for farmers and their support networks to compare these services and to evaluate how reliable and valuable they are for improving yields and other important outcomes.

Indeed, very few companies provide objective evidence for their claims, and those that do use different methods and indicators, which makes services difficult to compare. Thus, this leaves farmers and their advisory groups with little information to make informed decisions on which tools to use and why.
One solution to this problem is validation schemes which may carry many benefits for the whole sector, such as:
  • Proof that data-driven agronomy tools work and can achieve significant gains in yields, profits, and other important farming outcomes.
  • Fostering competition between the providers to accelerate the innovation and improvements of the tools in terms of accuracy and precision.
  • Increasing trust and adoption by making the DDA service markets more readable, transparent and fair to end users.
Click here to share your opinion with us
Questions? We're waiting to hear from you
Daniel Jimenez
Community of Practice Leader


Wietske Kropff
Community of Practice Coordinator


Maria Camilla Gomez
Community of Practice Administration

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