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Webinar topic: Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Research for Development

Western Hemisphere Session: 29 October, 9:00 am CDT / GMT -5 (Cali, Colombia timezone)

Eastern Hemisphere Session: 31 October, 8:30 am CET / GMT +1 (Geneva, Switzerland timezone)

Technological innovation is developing quickly, in some areas even exponentially. The food security and agricultural sectors are no exception; important advances have been made in areas such as advanced mechanics, bio-technology, sophisticated nature-based systems approaches, and others.

It is increasingly recognized that global challenges such a food security and climate change cannot be met without significant advances in innovation and technology. All innovation has a source, and recognizing and protecting the rights of the innovator is at the core of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) system. The IPR system was created to stimulate innovation based on a balanced approach. It provides a time-bound control over the use of an innovation, whether the intention is for commercial use or free public access.

The webinar will introduce the IPR system in the context of agricultural research for development. It will explain patents and other relevant IPR instruments, their merits and limitations, and illustrate how the IPR system can serve agricultural research in the context of CGIAR.

The webinar is organized by WIPO GREEN in cooperation with CGIAR Platform for Big Data. WIPO GREEN is part of the Global Challenges Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a UN specialized agency based in Geneva. WIPO GREEN addresses the global challenges of climate change, food security, and the environment by mobilizing innovation and technology as solutions in relation to these challenges.

The need for a platform…

The CGIAR Platform aims to positively disrupt agricultural research, helping to generate impactful big data innovations that can revolutionize farming in developing countries.

It will provide global leadership in organizing open data, convening partners to develop innovative ideas, and demonstrating the power of big data analytics through inspiring projects. It will also help ensure that the data revolution is deep, diffuse and democratic, reaching the most vulnerable farmers.

As the largest network of agricultural research organizations in the world, CGIAR is uniquely positioned to be a thought leader and global convener on the use of big data and information technology in agriculture.

Platform objectives

The Platform aims to increase the impact of agricultural development by embracing big data approaches to solve development problems faster, better and at greater scale than before.

It will focus on opening up and sharing agricultural data, demonstrating that CGIAR is able to hold in trust and deliver data-related global public goods. In this way CGIAR will become a broker of big data information, actively promoting data-driven agricultural development.

The Platform will also work to develop novel methodologies and innovative pilot projects to increase the impact of its community or researchers and analysts. It will establish non-traditional partnerships to bring together institutions with complementary big data expertise, connecting CGIAR scientists to a global network of big data practitioners and developers, expanding the delivery capability and horizons of CGIAR research.

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