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Big Data Platform, a path to improving decision making for smallholder farmers

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will lead CGIAR’s Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, whose objective is to take advantage of the capacities of big data to accelerate and boost the impact of international agricultural research and foster equitable rural development.

Carlos Jara, a Chilean with a CIAT passport and nationality

Now, Jarita, as he is known by his friends and colleagues, is retiring from the Center after working in the Bean Program and specifically in the Pathology Laboratory, where one of his greatest achievements was defining the differential kinds of angular leaf spot disease, which served to identify resistance genes for the creation of improved bean varieties.

An Altmetric milestone

CIAT’s 2016 publication Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide has hit a major Altmetric milestone! It has become the highest-scoring output ever for its publisher, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Hans Rosling, an intellectual beacon who also illuminated CIAT

The spotlight of fame shone on Dr. Rosling in 2006, when he presented his first, and legendary TED Talk titled, “The best stats you’ve ever seen,” where, through analytical data, he questions the myths around developing countries. But Rosling was already recognized in the scientific world much earlier for his studies of cassava toxicity and food security in Africa. This brought him to CIAT in the early 1990s.

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