CEO of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
During his career, Mr. Laperrière has led/managed numerous large scale projects on behalf of Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations.
He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing countries and in conflict/post conflict environments.
Currently he is the first Executive Director of the Global Open Data initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), a global Secretariat conceived by the G8 to stimulate innovation and productivity in global agriculture and nutrition.
Prior to GODAN, Mr Laperrière has been Deputy CEO in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at the World Bank, Director General of the Global Trust Council (GTC), a Sweden-based international organization and held various senior positions in the United Nations Common System.
In this context he played a senior role in the design and the implementation of major reforms in agencies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Among other positions, Mr. Laperrière has been the first Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC, Director of the Administration and Finance Division in WHO, and Coordinator for all reconstruction and rehabilitation activities under the responsibility of UNICEF in Iraq.
Prior to his career in the UN, Mr. Laperrière was Director in the International Services of Price Waterhouse. In this position, he led numerous development, privatization, mergers and structural reform projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Caribbean.
Mr. Laperrière is an expert in international development.
[Abstract] Presentation: Data-driven agriculture within the digital economy
According to the World Bank, in 2012, 19 % if the world population was directly engaged in farming, with 2.6 billion people depending on agriculture for their livelihoods, either as actively engaged workers or as dependents. Agriculture supplies much more than food for direct human consumption: it produces significant amounts of feed (for livestock), fuel (for transportation, energy production, including household kitchen fires), fiber (for clothing), and, increasingly, agricultural biomass used to produce a host of industrial chemical and material products.
The proportion of the GDP represented by agriculture is up to 40% in regions such as central Africa.
It is therefore a critical industry, becoming even more important as the world’s population and hence its food needs are expected to increase by 60% before 2050. Yet agriculture is also a sector with among the largest untapped potential, especially in Asia and in Africa, the two continents which are due to be most affected by demographics and by climate change, the two main challenges to be addressed, not just to maintain current production levels, but to increase them to meet the needs ahead of us in the coming generation.
The solution is simple: innovation. We need to change traditional habits, methods, ways of thinking to embrace the new fact, data based revolution.
Today across the world, data-driven agriculture is increasing productivity, yields, income faster than at any other time before, thanks to new technologies and means to collect, store, disseminate and use science, through data. However for this to happen, data needs to be findable, accessible, interoperable, replicable, and shared in a format/manner that is truly understandable and useable by its target recipients. This is where GODAN’s mission comes in: To help the world share its best ideas, practices, methods and knowledge through open data.
In this presentation we will introduce you to various initiatives taking place across various parts of the global GODAN partnership, where big data has been made available to simple farmers, crop forecasting to industry, crop insurance and governments, data based climate change mitigation and applications reaching all sectors up to the very last mile. Open data is key to data driven agriculture (and nutrition) but is and should be an integral part of the digital economy, not just because of the importance of this economic sector, but also because agriculture is an integral part of the overall digital economy, including trade, markets, regulations, standards and infrastructure, all also data driven in this new era of fact based decision making now made possible through technology and data.