7-8 August 2017, Canberra
The digital revolution has dramatically impacted our daily life, with change occurring at an increasingly rapid pace. Our annual conference aims to shine a light on this transformational and evolving technology and its realised and potential impacts in agriculture and development for food security.
The collection, collation, analysis and application of data, digitally, has transformed global agriculture. It has done this by enabling:
Analysis of large data sets at global, regional, country and farm level has also seen big developments in fields like genomics, crop modelling and forecasting, drought prediction, soil property mapping and biosecurity related issues.
Whilst many developing countries have shared in this transformation – including through mobile telephony – access to data and information for small-holder farmers in developing countries is relatively patchy, and in some cases non-existent, due to poor data collection, lack of analysis and inadequate methods for dissemination of key information back to farmers and along the supply chain. But the potential is great.
The 2017 Parliamentary Conference asked, “could access to and better interpretation of data and information herald improvement in agricultural productivity and profitability in developing countries, and Australia, comparable in impact to the Green Revolution?”
Once again, we drew on Australian and world’s best experts and practitioners to help us answer the question.
Keynote and overview presentations addressed:
Each of these presentations were followed by specialist case studies showing impact and raising important questions about ownership of data, and implementation for impact and spread of success which can be considered in the extended question and answer sessions.
We ended the day with a final panel of our two keynote speakers with this year’s Sir John Crawford Memorial Address presenter to consider what is needed to overcome impediments to successful use of big data for transforming agricultural systems.