AgMission™, an initiative founded by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the World Farmers’ Organisation to unlock agriculture’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is issuing its first Request for Information (RFI) that seeks input into the development of a new digital integration hub to enhance collaboration between agricultural producers and researchers.
Increasing adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices is dependent on the development of practices that are cost effective, science based and aligned with farmer needs. Agricultural producers and researchers must work together at the earliest stages of research design to build the trust and understanding needed to develop practices that farmers can easily and effectively deploy to accelerate climate-smart adoption.
To create opportunities for closer collaboration between agricultural producers and researchers, AgMission is gathering information to inform the development of a digital integration hub. The objective of the integration hub is two-fold: to facilitate transparency and accessibility of agricultural research to agriculture producers, and to provide a conduit for insights and feedback from producers that informs research priorities and design. The resulting research insights would reflect the knowledge and experience of practitioners.
Through this RFI, AgMission seeks input from agricultural producers, scientists, technology developers and other agricultural stakeholders to further define the scope and requirements that will potentially inform the construction of the digital integration hub.
For more information, and to respond to this RFI, visit the Data Integration Hub Open Opportunity RFI webpage. The deadline to submit comments is November 23, 2022.
“The first step in the successful creation of the digital integration hub is soliciting ideas from our many talented and creative agricultural stakeholders, as the ultimate success of the hub will depend on the needs of the users and the value they bring to it,” said AgMission Program Director Allison Thomson. “In the spirit of the multi-stakeholder approach that guides AgMission, respondents are encouraged to present shared ideas.”
We envision a greater scale of collaborations involving farmers in research from creating this direct connection space. Innovation in agriculture, starting from research, can only be based on farmers' needs and knowledge for their benefit and the benefit of the natural ecosystem they work in. Indeed, this Data Integration Hub can contribute to research needs identification through the expertise and day-to-day work of producers on their farms while informing them of the best research available.
WFO Secretary General
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.