The Problem

Climate change brings about new challenges for farmers and the way they understand the climate. But with better and easier access to climate information, the stakeholders will be able to manage climate variability and make better decisions, bringing solutions that will help farmers to reduce the risk of crop failure and have better yields.

There are various existing databases that contain useful information that can be used by stakeholders to better cope with climate, but these information need to be made more accessible and be presented in a more user-friendly way. This is where you come into the picture: We challenge you, and your team, to develop ways to turn this available data into useful and accessible information for farmers; to help them better adapt to and manage climate variability, rather than having climate instability manage them.


The CGIAR is committed to conducting agricultural research that abides with the principles of open access to data and is taking a leading role in making all of its data and research outputs open and accessible. Therefore, the Consortium supports and funds these kinds of initiatives.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA is involved in this Hackathon to share their expertise in organizing successful Hackathons, to promote the inclusion and building of solutions relevant to the Caribbean region into the proposed applications; and pitch in the organization's ability to give greater technical and financial support to participants and proposals coming from this region.

The International Potato Center, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, is a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP participates in the Hackathon as event host, logistic and communications support.

Hackathon on Climate Smart Agriculture

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) continuously generates a large amount of scientific information related to climate smart agriculture (CSA). This information is freely and widely accessible, but due to its complex nature it has been difficult to apply the information to successfully improve the livelihoods of rural populations. However, the opportunities to use ICT’s in information services related to climate and agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean are plentiful.

The Hackathon is organized to coincide with the twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru. It seeks to develop applications that build a bridge between the scientific information generated by CCAFS and the rural population of Latin America. The group with the most outstanding submission (app) that fulfills the objectives of the competition, will be awarded a prize and the winners will present their work on December 2nd, 2014 at an event organized by CCAFS.

Types of problems to solve


  • How can I increase my production and  income?
  • How can I increase my production levels?
  • How can I maintain year-round production?
  • How can I become competitive with regards to international prices?
  • How can I improve the nutritive quality of the food I produce and improve my food security?
  • How can I use agricultural production to increase employment levels in my region?

Information available

  • Sustainable agricultural practices
  • Current and future climate variables
  • Agricultural markets and product prices
  • Input providers / supplier information
  • Alternative agricultural management practices
  • Complementary crops
  • Water resources
  • Seed varieties
  • Other regions with similar agricultural conditions



First place

USD 3.000 (cash) plus the possibility of consultancy contract (up to USD 10.000) to develop the idea. This contract would depend on the quality and the feasibility of the project, estimated by CCAFS.


Second place

USD 2.000 cash

Applications types

Smart phone app

Web service

GIS app





Andrew Jarvis

Program Management Committee, Theme Leader

Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Leader of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program (DAPA) at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and also the Leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Flagship 1 program; both based in Cali, Colombia.

Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez

Regional Program Leader

Dr. Ana María Loboguerrero had her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She also received M.A. and PhD Economics degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Louis Reymondin

Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Louis Reymondin is an expert in systems programming and software development. He received his doctorate in Geography at King's College London, and he leaded the development and implementation of Terra-i, an early-warning system to monitor habitat changes throughout Latin America.

Steven Prager

Senior Scientist for Integrated Modeling

Dr. Steven Prager has experience in industry, government, and academia, and was a professor of geography in Geographic Information Science for ten years prior to coming to CIAT. His current efforts emphasize modeling that integrates across the social, economic and biophysical domains. Steve is currently the project lead supporting CIAT contributions to the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight project associated with the Policy, Institutions and Markets CRP.

Paul Deza

Computer Systems Engineer

Paul Deza is Computer Systems Engineer from San Martin de Porres University. He is currently director of the Software Section of the Peruvian Chamber of Information & Communication Technologies (Capeti), vice president of the Association for the Development of ICT in Society (ADETICS); Chairman of the Technical Standards for Software Engineering and Information Systems and Project Management for INDECOPI since July 2010.