Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM
Moderator: Debasis Dan
Large scale Ag focused data collection and advanced modeling techniques have opened the flood gates of transformational changes in the entire Ag ecosystem. Data driven Ag insights are fundamentally derived from synergistic use of large amount of data collected from multiple devices, sources, locations and are also collected continuously over time. This convergence of geospatial big data, molecular biology driven big data, IoT and AI/ML and their effective use in an industrial fashion has a huge entry barrier. Microsoft through Azure cloud is developing a digital agriculture platform to specifically address all of the above challenges and thereby expedite time to market the entire gamut of data and analytics driven products/insights being conceived and developed by seed and agri commodity enterprises, agri-finance enterprises, agtech startups, and non-government and policy making institutions.
Andrew Nelson is a dryland farmer from the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. He is also a software consultant and has combined his passion for technology and farming knowledge to put FarmBeats to good use. He will share his experience of using FarmBeats technology on his farm and how it fits with his pragmatic approach to farming.
Ag-Analytics® and Microsoft AI for Earth have joined together in a strategic partnership to enable quick, easy, and optimized cloud computing and precision agriculture for growers, analysts and agribusinesses. CEO and Founder, Joshua Woodard, will explore how Ag-Analytics® is leveraging machine-learning on Microsoft Azure to develop and provide advanced data APIs and user-friendly interfaces to give farmers the insights they need to maximize yields, minimize environmental impacts, and lower costs.
The combination of affordable broadband access and new technologies including cloud and data services, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning has helped unleash a wave of innovation relevant to rural communities around the world. Particularly in emerging markets, access to off-grid energy and internet has enabled solutions that materially impact rural productivity and livelihood in communities where small hold farming contributes a significant amount to household income. From solar-powered drip irrigation and water pumping to cloud-connected micro-weather stations leveraging artificial intelligence, these innovative solutions represent a new opportunity for affecting the digital transformation of rural communities across the globe where small hold farming is a critical element of livelihood.
At the Gates Foundation we focus on innovations that help smallholder farmers leapfrog many systemic constraints they face in raising their productivity and incomes. We believe that digitally-enabled technologies and services can rapidly increase our ability to create and use smallholder data, scale relevant information and knowledge, provide soil health and crop nutrition insights, and increase access to financial services and connect farmers to markets, helping farmers move from subsistence to farming as a business. Our goal is that within 10 years, at least half (50%) of the smallholder farmers in our focus geographies are benefitting from digitally-enabled services. We make riskier investments to advance cost-effective technologies and business models and support scaled platforms that harness the interests of the public sector, the private sector, and smallholder farming communities.