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What’s in store for Asian smallholder farmers in the Big Data hype?

Exploring how Big Data’s potentials can be used to enhance Asian farmers’ climate resiliency.

Using Big Data to Help Combat Malnutrition in Africa

  Dr. Debisi Araba, CIAT   In this guest blog for the #SDG2countdown campaign‘s week on SDG2.2: ending malnutrition, Dr. Debisi Araba outlines a new big data initiative designed to detect malnutrition before disaster strikes. Dr. Araba is a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel, set up to provide evidence and promote dialogue for better outcomes in …

The disruption starts now: new big data program promises to shake up agriculture

By Neil Palmer | May 15, 2017 A new multimillion-dollar initiative plans to disrupt food production across the developing world, with the aim of making it more productive, efficient and resilient – all through the power of information. The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is jointly led by the International Center for Tropical …

Your Pot Habit Is Making Climate Change Worse

By John R. Platt / TakePart October 11, 2016 Energy consumption by indoor cannabis farms will soon rival that of data centers.   What’s the carbon cost of legal marijuana? It turns out that every little joint and edible adds up. A new report finds that marijuana cultivation accounts for as much as 1 percent of energy use in states …

Using Big Data to Predict Terrorist Acts Amid Privacy Concerns

By Chris Strohm | October 13, 2016 Before Ahmad Khan Rahami planted bombs in New York and New Jersey, he bought bomb-making materials on eBay, linked to jihad-related videos from his public social-media account and was looked into by law enforcement agents, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If only the authorities had connected …

Researchers on Big Data: More than a lot of numbers!

By Steve Sonka and Yu-Tien Cheng, University of Illinois November 03, 2015 | 7:01 am EST Big Data — the current buzzword of choice. Today it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the hype promoting Big Data. Farm media, newspapers and general media, and conference speakers all extol the future transforming effects of Big Data, stressing …

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