The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 14:45 - 15:30
Collaborating through Sustainability Standards LIMITED

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It is widely recognized that collaboration is the key to addressing challenges of sustainable development. It is also well understood that collaboration will be driven by data sharing, information exchange and better communication across the value-chain. However, achieving this goal has proven challenging and raises several questions
- What is the tangible business case for collaborating with my competitors?
- How can we share data in a manner that is universally comparable and useful?
- How can we reduce the competitive risks of sharing internal company data openly?
This presentation looks to the agriculture sector for ideas and examples of better collaboration and data sharing across the value chain.
UTZ is a not-for-profit organization working towards a world where sustainable farming is the norm. We are the largest program for sustainable coffee and cocoa worldwide with product labels on over 20000 products across 135 countries. UTZ sets a "code of conduct" for how coffee and cocoa must be produced and handled through the supply chain. In 2014, nearly 600,000 smallholder farms produced coffee and cocoa using the UTZ code, which provides a huge base for farm level data. Our experience shows that this data can act as a starting point for fostering collaboration and address questions raised above.
This presentation will look at how technology enables collecting data from farms in a usable form. We will explore specific use cases where sharing data across thousands of farms and supply chains creates incremental value. Finally, we will also look at how a sustainability standard like UTZ provides a natural starting point to collect data that can be easily compared on an apples-to-apples basis and in a pre-competitive, open manner.

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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 internet-of-things... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30 EAT
Giraffe 206