The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has launched a competition challenging all data lovers to come up with novel ways to use a big new dataset to improve understanding of farming practices and outcomes in low-income nations.
The competition is co-sponsored by United Kingdom (UK) University of Bristol’s Jean Golding Data Science Institute, and the dataset contains interviews with more than 4 000 farmers in East and West Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia.
The Rural Household Multiple Indicator Survey (RHoMIS) tool is being used to gather data on farming, sales, and consumptions patterns from more than 10 000 households to date.
The competition aims to come up with ways to alleviate the plight of 836 million people who live on less than US$1.25 per day, mostly in rural economies that are vulnerable to climate change and conflict.
Teams or individuals can submit entries until 30 March 2018 and participants are competing for a cash prize of £1 000.