The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with institutions including the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and ConnectiMass are organizing the Agrihack Talent Caribbean. Its main objective is to support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by young people. The following Caribbean challenges on which the applications will be developed have been identified by key regional stakeholders (from ICT and agriculture sectors) who met on 22 and 23 July 2014 in Jamaica during the planning meeting of the initiative . Each team of developers will select one challenge on which they will develop their application.
How can farmers and buyers have an easier, realtime, and more effective way to interconnect, share information, sell and buy agricultural products? How can logistics/distribution be better streamlined? How can timely access to accurate and current market trends be favoured?
How can farmers have access to regularly updated Production Information (especially « How-to » information) that will aid them in best decision making, in terms of— Crop Selection, Fertilisation, Harvesting, Weather, Soil Management, Pest Management. How can knowledge and technology transfer be facilitated in that process?
How can farmer groups (including co-ops, associations) better exchange among themselves, use and contribute to technology driven solutions? This would notably favor better production planning, record planting, reaping, soil management, pest management, anti-praedial larceny best practices sharing?
How can Agricultural Extension Service Information be made more real time, robust, accessible and relevant to extension officers?
How can ICTs help address, and create greater understanding of Climate Change issues for the Caribbean Agriculture Industry – how to alleviate and adapt in terms of preparation; farming choices, planning and sustainable production; access to, storage, management and strategic use of water; financing; insurance, risk mitigation & risk assessment tools to measure climate change factors and assess damage?
Developing a Caribbean Agricultural Application Programming Interface (API) that will facilitate the collection, distribution of Agricultural information and ease of access across the Caribbean from a single repository available to stakeholders across the entire industry value chain. This development could build on existing open and public Application Programming Interfaces: adding data, resources and building more solutions based. For Jamaica, it would be on the Harvest API developed in collaboration with RADA. For other regions, the API could national. A collaboration for a regional agriculture API is also an option.
NB: For the challenges on the East African experience, please see here http://hackathon.ict4ag.org/challenges-for-the-east-african-experience/