Invitation to the Interest Group in Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P12

13 Jul 2018

Dear IGAD members and interested parties,
On behalf of the RDA [1] Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) [2], we are pleased to invite you to the IGAD pre-conference meeting focussing on "Data collection in Africa: State of the art, challenges and solutions", that will be held on November 5-6, in Gaborone, Botswana. The event will take place during the International Data Week (IDW), November 5-8, 2018 [3] which combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting and SciDataCon 2018.
On November 5, the IGAD community members will organize a one-day meeting dedicated to the theme "How agriculture in Africa can benefit from data collection". During this day, IGAD would like (i) to explore data collection practices in Africa and challenges associated to it; (ii) to discuss possible benefits of data collection for farmers and (iii) to share straightforward and low cost data collection methods.
On November 6, GODAN Action [4], IGAD and partners propose two parallel workshops for (1) researchers and (2) infomediaries (technology specialists, librarians, journalists, communication officers etc.). The aim is to enable participants to discover, use and describe the benefits of open data, and how they impact agriculture and nutrition development.
Would you like to attend and/or active participate in these events? Please write an e-mail to ***@***.***.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Gaborone,
Co-chairs of the Interest Group on Agriculture Data (IGAD), for the IGAD Task Force 2018
Esther Dzale-Yeumo (INRA, France)
Patricia Rocha Bello Bertin (EMBRAPA, Brazil)
Armando Stellato (University of Tor Vergata, Italy)
Imma Subirats Coll (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy)
IGAD Task Force (Botswana 2018)
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)
Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and GODAN Action
Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA)
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
Online version of the invitation (this document remains updated):



    Date: 18 Jul, 2018


    I would like to know if it is possible to be a member of the IGAD task force 2018. If yes please what are the modalities. 

    Best regards

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