Data Driven Farming Prize

  • Seoana Sherry-Brennan

    Seoana Sherry-Brennan

    Digital Communications and Prize Engagement Officer

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The prize sought tools and approaches that sourced, analyzed and translated data into actionable, timely and context-specific information for smallholder farmers to improve value from agricultural productivity.

In particular the data driven solutions were tested in Nepal, and should have been able to meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Produce timely and context specific insight for improving the production of rice, other cereals and vegetables in Nepal.
  • Support a more sustainable use of Nepal’s natural resources (i.e. increase biodiversity, use water more sustainably, improve use of land).
  • Enable the market by providing inputs, extension services, and connections which support farmers in a sustainable way in Nepal.
  • Improve influence and application of agricultural products in Nepal (i.e. better use of fertilizer, generation of quality seeds).
  • Generate timely and actionable information to manage Nepal’s agricultural productivity risks due to  weather emergency.

The Data-Driven Farming Prize winners who created the most viable solutions include:

  • Db2Map, of Nepal, for their GEOKrishi program which integrates satellite, government, and crowdsourced data into actionable advice for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs.
  • PEAT, of Germany, for their Plantix 2.0 mobile application which, after uploading a picture, sends farmers plant diagnosis and management options via their smartphones.

The Data-Driven Farming Prize winners who demonstrated significant potential are:

  • ICT for Agriculture of Nepal, for their mobile and web based platform that provides comprehensive information and enables dialogue between value chain actors and farmers.
  • Spero Analytics of Canada, for their wireless solar mesh network to communicate soil moisture data to agricultural extension services.

Find out more about the Challenge in our case study.