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Can We Increase Food Security with AgTech and KM During COVID-19 Response?

ICTforAg Solutions
Online Worldwide - Aug 18 - RSVP Now
The coronavirus pandemic is creating unprecedented food insecurity around the world. The World Food Programme estimates that the number of people facing acute hunger will double to 265 million in 2020.
This global challenge comes on top of existing vulnerabilities including conflict, climate change and economic crises compounded by long-standing social and structural discrimination based on caste, religion and gender. And don’t forget plagues of locusts across India and East Africa that could result in $8.5 billion in crop and livestock losses.
Finally, food security and food system disruptions have a much larger economic impact in Africa and South Asia where farming accounts for 60% of total employment. The World Bank estimates that agricultural production in Africa could contract by 7%, directly impacting livelihoods and family investment in education, health, and other necessities.

In total, many poor and marginalized communities across the developing world may now fear hunger as a greater or more immediate threat than the coronavirus. This is happening just as COVID 19 is also changing how we can reach and meet smallholder farmer needs that are critical to food security.
How Can AgTech and KM Help COVID-19 Digital Response?
Agriculture technology and knowledge management solutions offer intriguing potential for COVID-19 Digital Response. Across Africa and South Asia, several initiatives are introducing new practices, improving access to inputs, reducing barriers to finance, and increasing resilience of smallholder farmers and their agricultural value chains.

They are also making important inroads to continue to build relationships, exchange knowledge, and offer technical assistance under distanced conditions. For example: Please RSVP Now for a virtual Technology Salon on the role of AgTech in COVID-19 response to find answers to questions like:
  • How can ICT4Ag solutions respond to COVID-19 challenges?
  • Which agricultural service providers are adapting their delivery models to continue to reach smallholder farmers?
  • What digitally oriented adaptations are being used and how are they working?
  • How are knowledge management approaches exchanging information with disparate groups?
  • When should we choose analog instead of digital solutions?
  • Who is innovating at the cutting edge and what are they learning?
Please RSVP Now to engage with your learned peers and these esteemed thought leaders on these issues and more:
  • Zachary Baquet, Knowledge Management Adviser, Policy & Analysis Office, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
  • Meaghan Murphy, Chief of Party, Feed the Future Knowledge, Data, Learning, and Training, Bixal
  • Laura Harwig, Director, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, Fintrac
  • Matt Capelli, Technology Advisor, Smallholder Development Unit, AgDevCo
Even online, space is limited to foster intimate conversations, so please RSVP now and be sure to note the Relevance section in your application to attend! Once we reach our discussion capacity there will be a waiting list!

AgTech and KM for COVID-19 Response
Technology Salon DC
8:45 – 10:30am
August 18th, 2020
Online around the world
RSVP is required for attendance

About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in-person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • Technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • Private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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