Stories tagged: #foodprize15

Ruben G. Echeverría: Pioneering a Big Data Revolution in Agriculture

In this guest post, Ruben Echeverría, director general of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), with headquarters in Colombia, describes early steps in the application of big data analytics to smallholder agriculture and calls for further action to promote this work on a large scale. 

Who would have thought that an obscure climate database would someday achieve science superstar status and help pave the way for a big-data revolution in tropical agriculture? As unlikely as it may seem, this was the destiny of a geek tool called WorldClim. Its story offers important lessons on the value of big data analytics and open-data policies for science-based innovation. And these lessons, in turn, should serve as a call to action for farmers, researchers, policymakers, and others committed to sustainable agricultural development.  Continue reading

#FoodPrize15 Twitter Chat Summary

To gear up for the Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines next week – where Farming First will be acting as media partner to hosts the World Food Prize Foundation – we ran a Twitter Chat with leading spokespeople at the event and Farming First supporters.

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation kicked the discussion off with reasons why agriculture is such an important tool for poverty reduction.

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Ambassador Quinn was joined by the Director of Agricultural Development at the Gates Foundation, Pamela Anderson. She had this response to why the empowerment of youth and women in agriculture can make such a big impact:

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Winner of the 2015 World Food Prize, BRAC also joined the debate. When asked how we can ensure technologies end up in the hand of farmers, they introduced the idea of “frugal innovation”.

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Farming First supporters Dr. Katrin Glatzel of Agriculture for Impact, and Jay Kaufman of Fintrac also joined the discussion. They shared their ideas on how to ensure that development interventions are holistic and tackle more than one area of development.

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The live debate then kicked off, and 12 viewers submitted real-time questions for our panel to tackle. Adam Willman asked about the refuge crisis:

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Chandra Nath Misha asked how more investment can be channeled into staple crops:

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Farming First will be in Des Moines all next week, bringing you live commentary from the conference and posting a series of exclusive expert blogs. Follow @farmingfirst and stay tuned to #FoodPrize15!

For a full recap of the one-long chat, click the Storify tweet collection below.


14 Ways Agriculture is Reducing Poverty

“Only by putting the poorest in charge of their own lives and destinies, will absolute poverty and deprivation be removed from the face of the earth.”

These words came from Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, 2015 winner of the prestigious World Food Prize, which was announced this summer. To celebrate the prize giving in Des Moines this October at the Borlaug Dialogue, we are delving into the ways our supporters around the world are using agriculture as a means to empower the poorest in the latest instalment in our “content mash-up” series.

Read on to find out how farmers are being helped to graduate to more sustainable livelihoods… Continue reading

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins World Food Prize

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, social enterprise visionary and founder of BRAC was announced yesterday as the 2015 winner of the World Food Prize, the most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.

The World Food Prize Foundation – with whom Farming First partnering to make the announcement public – is awarding the $250,000 prize to Sir Fazle for the progress he has made in improving people’s lives, alleviating hunger, and providing pathways out of poverty for up to 150 million people across Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 18.40.25BRAC, which was formally known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, has been hailed as the most effective anti-poverty organization in the world. Today BRAC operates 18 financially and socially profitable enterprises, across health, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, education, green energy, printing and retail sectors, and has been responsible for extraordinary advancements in the poultry, seed, and dairy industries in Bangladesh and other countries.

As part of its partnership, Farming First has been working with the World Food Prize team to promote Sir Fazle’s selection and celebrate BRAC’s outstanding contribution to global food security in the media. We are happy to have secured a number of articles in a variety of publications. Read more about Sir Fazle’s work and how BRAC has helped lead a generation out of poverty:

The Guardian – BRAC’s Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize for reducing poverty

New York Times – Bangladesh based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

BBC OnlineAnti-poverty pioneer wins 2015 World Food Prize

USA Today World Food Prize goes to founder of anti-poverty group

Thomson Reuters Prize for man who lead a generation out of poverty in Bangladesh

Sir Fazle will be presented with the prestigious World Food Prize at a three-day symposium, known as the Borlaug Dialogue, which will take place in Des Moines, Iowa in October. Stay tuned to the Farming First blog and social media channels, as we will be hosting guest blogs and a Twitter Chat involving BRAC and the World Food Prize Foundation.