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Friday, October 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plenary 1: Building enabling environments

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This parallel plenary session will cover two important topics in building enabling environments:

(10:30AM) What is holding back collective action and scaling of AgR4D innovations? - Agricultural Research-for-Development (AgR4D) struggles to scale innovations intended to reach smallholder farmers, cooperatives and SMEs in emerging markets. In an effort to better understand the constraints to collective action and scaling, the CGIAR Platform for Big Data and One Planet Solutions are consulting a broad range of participants across the global AgriFood Tech ecosystem, including (impact investors, established companies, start-ups, public research organizations, and others). There is emerging consensus that the world needs new, expansive alliances to build climate-resilient food systems. Efforts to build them have shown promise, but successful examples in AgR4D are few and far between. In this session we examine the bottlenecks to scaling/adoption, aligning interests across an array of actors, and collaboration models/tools that could begin to serve as a unifying framework for more effective collective action.
   Rodrigo Sara
   Christian Merz
   Shruti Srivastava

   Madhur Jain

(11:15 AM) Innovation places and processes - The Convention is an exciting time for innovation, and the Inspire Challenge is an important part of the Platform and its reason for being. What does it mean to create space for innovation, both literally and figuratively? In this session, we'll hear about findings on the Inspire Challenge from last year, and from some experts working on building the right environments for innovation.
   Kelly Wong
   Ram Dhulipala
   Carolina Roa

   Yvonne Pinto
   Shanta Thoutam


Moderators
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Rodrigo Sara

Consultant
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Kelly Wong

Research Scientist, University of Maryland and UBDPllc

Speakers
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Shanta Thoutam

VP, T Hub
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Christian Merz

Senior Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ
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Shruti Srivastava

Principal, Omnivore
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Madhur Jain

India Country Director, Precision Agriculture for Development
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Ram Dhulipala

Theme Leader - Digital Agriculture and Youth, ICRISAT
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Carolina Roa

Intellectual Property Manager, CIAT
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Yvonne

Managing Director, ALINE Impact Ltd


Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

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