Speakers Bio & Abstract
BiographyAjit Maru, Ph.D., grew up in Kenya, studied veterinary sciences in India and has served the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, National Dairy Development Board of India, International Service for National Agricultural Research, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research/FAO in his professional career spanning almost 40 years. He has contributed to several initiatives related to agricultural data and information management including CIARD and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). He now follows his life long interest in understanding and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. At the moment, in addition to advocacy on management and use of agricultural data, information and knowledge, he is working on developing a single window platform to support smallholder farmers of Gujarat, India, in their farming and participation in markets.