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Climate-Resilient Food Systems: Scaling Digital Services for Smallholder Farmers

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Over the past decade there has been a growing number of initiatives providing farmers with climate information services and easy to understand advisories to support the adoption of climate-smart practices aimed to better plan for and manage risks, build resilience, and improve their lives and livelihoods. When done right, Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS) can effectively support the sharing of information at scale, strengthen farmers resilience, and offer an effective platform to analyze and combine data from different sources to produce integrated advisories better tailored to the needs of the final users.

As the number of and market for these services grow, many key lessons have been learned to support getting to scale efficiently, equitably and effectively. The Global Commission on Adaptation highlighted this as a key opportunity area for building the resilience of smallholder farmers in its flagship report, Adapt Now, and has supported the development of an Investment Blueprint for Climate Informed Digital Advisory Services to provide a roadmap for getting to scale and reaching an additional 300 million smallholders by 2030. This webinar will highlight key learnings and recommendations emerging from work done by the three working groups and over 40 different organizations engaged in developing the Investment Blueprint.

Speakers

Panel 1 – The Opportunity and Need for Climate Informed DCAS

  • John Mundy, Country Director for Tanzania, Mercy Corps
  • David Bergvinson, Chief Science Officer, aWhere
  • Alison Rose, Program Manager, Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS), IRI Columbia University
  • Assan Ngombe, Resilience Officer, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Chandrakanth PS, Business Operations Lead for Africa and the Middle East, CropIn

Panel 2 – Pathways to Get to Scale on DCAS

  • Stewart Collis, Senior Program Officer for Digital Agriculture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ramanarayanan (Ram) Mahadevan, President and CEO of Farmer Services Platform, Olam
  • Astrid Thesen Tveteraas, Senior Advisor, NORAD
  • Gordon NiKoi, Business Development Manager, Esoko
  • Daniele Tricarico, Insights Director, GSMA
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