Elliott Brennan
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Elliott is a farmer and a former Research & Writing Fellow at Food Tank. His research interests include global food security and the role of agriculture in economic development. He has a B.A. in English from Yale University.

A New Global Agriculture: Using Big Data to Bring Farmers Together

For centuries, farmers have been isolated—geographically, economically, technologically. Big Data has the potential to transform agriculture in the 21st century and create a new global commons for agricultural knowledge that could allow farmers from Missouri to Myanmar to learn from one another.

Bigger Data, Smaller Farms: The Role of Big Data in Sustainable Intensification

Sustainable intensification is one of the areas of agricultural research that is being transformed by Big Data. Through initiatives like the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, researchers are helping farmers create complex accounting systems for their farms and increase productivity while decreasing the environmental impact of farming.

Agricultural Intelligence: What AI Can Do for Smallholder Farmers

Farmers have always been natural data scientists, conducting experiments and collecting data in their fields. Now, with the advent of Big Data, there are new opportunities to create information systems like the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture that can make farming more efficient, profitable, and sustainable.

Building a Big Data Platform for Agriculture

The tools of Big Data hold a lot of promise for many industries including agriculture. But the expertise required to build a data management platform are still emerging. Dr. Medha Devare is an agronomist and data architect who is helping to lead the new CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture.

Decoding Agriculture: Creating the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

The launch of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is an important milestone for the project of achieving global food security. Brian King, the Coordinator for the Platform, and Andy Jarvis, one of the founders of the Platform, discuss the ideas behind this initiative and their vision for the future of research in agricultural development.

Is There an Algorithm to End World Hunger?

The tools of Big Data analytics have led to transformations in many sectors—from finance to politics to professional sports. What could these new approaches to data science do for agriculture? The new CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is leading the way for these innovations in agricultural development, with over 8,000 researchers working to incorporate Big Data into farming research.

World Bee Day 2018: Protecting the Pollinators

For the first time, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is observing May 20 as World Bee Day. The day is a celebration of the role of bees as pollinators in food systems as well as a call to action for the serious threats that bee populations face.

Celebrating Food that Tastes Good and Does Good

The Food Sustainability Media Awards honors journalists whose work raises awareness around sustainable food, agriculture, and nutrition. At a special evening event, eco-chef Tom Hunt shared his experience as a chef and activist and his food philosophy.

20 Good Food Reads for Spring

Now that spring is here, Food Tank has selected 20 great new books for you to read this season—from food politics to personal memoirs by iconic chefs and more.

World Water Day 2018: Working with Nature to Improve Global Water Management

The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Nature for Water.” Read more about the annual UNESCO World Water Development Report and opportunities to combine traditional water infrastructure projects with nature-based solutions.