#AskAg Twitter Chat: Empowering Smallholder Farmers with Open Agricultural Data
The Open Data movement is gaining steam, with new datasets and APIs coming online all the time. In 2013 dozens of international development organizations signed on to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide. But what does this influx of information mean for the smallholder farmer? Are there apps that might make use of this data to improve food security?
This #AskAg Twitter Chat brought together experts in the open data and development communities who discussed the ways the open movement can change the face of agriculture and food security.
Watch the video below to better understand what Agrilinks #AskAg Twitter chats are. Also, as part of our efforts to get everyone comfortable with using Twitter, Agrilinks produced 101/102 trainings that can be accessed by clicking here.
What are #AskAg Twitter chats?
- How is the Open Data movement changing agricultural development?
- What are some of the challenges of bringing data to farmers? And encouraging use?
- What #opendata is needed? If smallholder farmers knew _____ then they could _______.
- What are your organizations key activities and targets?
- What resources/apps/portals exist for farmers and others to access Open Agricultural data?
- What research / concepts / implementations are you most excited by? How do you plan to apply open ag data over the coming year?
The chat was organized around these six guiding questions. If you have additional questions you'd like to ask our experts, tweet @Agrilinks using the #AskAg hashtag!
Twitter accounts to followExpertsOrganizations & featured contributors Zachary Baquet: @zbaquetFeed the Future Innovation Labs for Collaborative Research Kerry Albright: @AlbrightKerryDigest Project: @CRSPdigest Ed Dowding: @eddowding
How to participate
- If you are new to Twitter, visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more tips on getting started, check out our Twitter training.)
- Explore the guiding questions that will be discussed during the chat.
- Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #AskAg and following @Agrilinks.
- You can also follow on Twubs or through the livestream below.
USAID Bureau for Food Security
UK Department for International Development
Feed the Future Innovation Labs for Collaborative Research Digest Project