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Tuesday, May 16 • 17:00 - 17:30
Agriculture & Environment Track Panel: Digital Mismatches

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A discussion on the challenges of working between the formal agribusiness world and integrating informal farmers into value chains.

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Dr. Shaun Ferris

Director, Agricultural Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services
Dr. Shaun Ferris has worked for the past 10 years for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In his current position, Shaun focuses on supporting smallholder farmers along the pathway to prosperity, as part of CRS’ Signature Program Area for Agriculture. His work at CRS also focuses on building the agro-enterprise capacity of field staff, finding ways of generating value at the farm level through new combinations of skills acquisition, technology and market opportunity identification, and finding ways to improve information use and trading relationships. Shaun is currently working with a cross-agency team on generating agro-enterprise content for cloud based distance learning systems and creating farmer-facing business tools using ICT solutions. Previously, Dr. Shaun Ferris worked 16 years with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with several major agencies on both short and long term projects including USAID, the World Bank, USDA, FAO, UNCTAD, DFID, and IFAD. Shaun holds a... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Venkat Maroju

Dr. Venkat Maroju

CEO, SourceTrace Systems
Dr. Venkat Maroju is Chief Executive Officer, SourceTrace Systems – a company that has become a global leader in providing software solutions to agriculture and allied sectors. The use of these technological solutions has made the agriculture value chain more sustainable, trans... Read More →
avatar for Kaushik Ramakrishnan

Kaushik Ramakrishnan

Director - First Mile, UTZ
Kaushik Ramakrishnan is responsible for a program that aims to deliver impact to over a million Coffee, Cocoa and Tea farmers using technology and data. He has over 15 years of experience at the intersection of technology and sustainable development. His focus has been on using i... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 17:00 - 17:30
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