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"With a continent-wide recession looming and the UN predicting a “hunger pandemic” in the wake of the coronavirus, there are two ways in which the world can help right now: with data and with investments that strengthen Africa’s food security."   The cite is from the article that is written by Ban Ki-moon & Patrick Verkooijen | Global Center on Adaptation. Read the Global Center...

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Africa Food Systems comprise of only two components production and market unlike food systems in advanced economies where research, logistics, storage etc. carry a higher percentage. 

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The four reports are published on the GODAN f1000 open publishing gateway. Here are the relevant references and DOI: Hájek P, Valeš J, Jedlička K and Ekwacu S. Climate Change Trends for Africa [version 1; not peer reviewed]. F1000Research 2020, 9:696 (document) (doi: 10.7490/f1000research.1118030.1) Plan4All, WIRELESSINFO and Club of Ossiach. SmartAfriHub: Agricultural transformation through...

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AfCPA 2020 seeks to highlight new advances in the fields of experimental and applied precision agriculture and we invite you to submit abstracts for oral, poster, or virtual presentations within one of the conference topics of interest. Abstract length must be in the range 300-500 words with no figures, references or tables. Abstracts will be reviewed for suitability based on scientific...

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We share the news of new applications, solutions and implementations both in SmartAfriHub platform and in three main social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and WhatsApp.  They together form a SmartAfriHub communication tools that reaches out the farmers, smart agriculture experts and versatile stakeholders. The community is constantly growing.  Let's look into the...

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We would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming webinar dedicated to metadata and FAIR sharing principles for best practice in research data management that is scheduled on Tuesday 23rd June at 10 AM CEST. During the webinar you will learn: Metadata Introduction The importance of metadata is often underestimated. For data users are metadata commonly regarded as a necessary evil, and...

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The Inspire Hackathon was held in Kampala Uganda in spring 2020.  The hackathon started in March and it concluded on 6th May. The event was attended by more than 200 registered hackers from 42 countries.  The hackathon was organized in 10 teams addressing 10 challenges that covered agriculture, food security, desert locust, citizen science, traffic and more. We are happy to share the...

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As part of the Research Data Alliance's (RDA)/ Agricultural Data Interest Group's (IGAD) ongoing webinar series, aimed to keep up with cutting edge developments in agricultural data, and encourage the free flow of ideas, the latest webinar took place on 20/5/2020. The webinar focused on “Developing Best Practice Principles for Agricultural Data...

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The Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 will be presented as an example of Capacity Development for Agriculture during the INTEREST GROUP ON AGRICULTURAL DATA (IGAD) Online Meeting by Suchith Anand (GODAN),  on Wednesday, 27th May at 10:20 AM CEST. Open Earth Observations and Open Geospatial Information are key in supporting and achieving the 2030 agenda for Global Food...

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The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) meeting focusing on IGAD/RDA : Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues, which was set to be held in Rome (Italy) in April 2020 will now take place as a virtual meeting from May 25 to 28.  The virtual meeting will provide an online platform to continue to build upon collaborations,...

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In Europe, we have two major space based programs, Galileo and Copernicus. Combining the navigation or positioning tools of Galileo and the Earth observation data and services of Copernicus for improved food security and agriculture in general is what we address in this webinar scheduled on Tuesday 26th MAY, 3 PM CEST and you are cordially invited! There is a great untapped potential in...

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Plan4All association together with 18 cooperating international institutions organized INSPIRE Hackathon in Kampala, along with ten different challenges to answer problems regarding agriculture in Africa.  As part of an extensive effort by European Union to create the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) network, one of the hackathon challenges was dedicated to the evolution of SmartAfriHub...

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As part of the Research Data Alliance's (RDA)/ Agricultural Data Interest Group's (IGAD) ongoing webinar series, aimed to keep up with cutting edge developments in agricultural data, and encourage the free flow of ideas, the next webinar is set to take place on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. CEST. The webinar will focus on “Developing Best Practice Principles for Agricultural...

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  The Kampala INSPIRE hackathon that started in March concluded with online event Wednesday 6th May. Participants representing all teams joined to share their final results and to celebrate their achievements in an awards ceremony. During this 3 hours long event, we learned about the results achieved by 10 teams who have addressed the 10 challenges covering agriculture, food security,...

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The Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon is coming to an end! Join us on Wednesday 6th May at 12 PM CEST and see the final presentation of the hackathon results. The jury including Suchith Anand (GODAN), Lydia Mazzi Keyondo (University of Makerere) and Ian Jarvis (GEO) will announce the winning teams of the Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon.   For the final event please register HERE!

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We would like to invite you to the hackathon on machine-actionable Data Management Plans (maDMPs). The hackathon is open for everyone. As well as software developers RDA is looking for anyone with an interest in data - no technical knowledge is necessary - you might help with ideas generation, user testing, documentation etc. The goal is to build integrations and test the common...

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We would like to draw your attention to the webinar organized by the H2020 WeObserve project, one of the co-organisers of Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020. The webinar is aiming to present success stories where citizen science data are combined with conventional sources of Earth Observation data. Focus will be given to showcase best practices arising from the activities of...

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Weather is one of the most significant factors influencing agricultural production and therefore, the most accurate weather forecast possible is a very valuable information that farmer can get.  One of the weather forecast challeges is learning weather patterns using a massive volume of historical observed data and building a robust weather prediction model. Adaptation...

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In case you missed yesterday's FREE Online Training on SmartAfriHub: Data needs & map creation with QGIS for citizens covering different tools on the SmartAfriHub platform, new mapping tools using QGIS as well as a whole range of other tools, we have a recording for you! Besides data needs in African agriculture there was also a demonstration of how SmartAfriHub can help to solve data...

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On Friday there will be a webinar focused on Deep learning for weather forecast and climatic trends and you are cordially invited! DURING THIS FREE WEBINAR YOU WILL LEARN: Description of the data and preprocessing pipeline. Description of the used methodology and frameworks. Spatial and temporal climate variability Introduction to the challenges i) deep learning for weather...

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