Livestock Data at the Big Data in Agriculture Virtual Convention 2020

COVID-19, Livestock and Livelihoods: solutions for data-driven recovery 

How can data-driven innovations build a more sustainable, resilient and equitable livestock sector? The livestock sector is experiencing major disruptions due to the current pandemic, especially in Low and Middle-Income Countries. But it’s also opened new opportunities to rebuild more equitably and sustainably, especially using digitalised services. Members of the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community are stepping up to these challenges, using novel approaches to measure COVID-19 impacts on the sector, and deploying data-driven interventions to help the sector rebuild better. Join us to explore these innovations!

Watch the session recordings

Session 1 Data-driven innovations for food and nutrition security and animal health and animal welfare in the livestock sector



  • Measuring the effects of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition in Northern Kenya: insights and challenges - Esther Omosa (ILRI)
  • MoooFarm: How Covid-19 helped normalise use of mobile advisory services to smallholder dairy farmers in India, and generate new insights using big data analytics - Aashna Singh (MoooFarm)
  • How is Africa’s first cloud-based, animal health product distribution company supporting farmers in underserved communities? – Peter Awin (CowTribe) 
  • Moderator: Michael Victor (ILRI)

Session 2 Data-driven innovations for climate and resource use and livelihoods and economic growth in the livestock sector


  • Pulse survey on Animal Source Foods (ASF) market disruptions – Mark Mitchell, Land O’Lakes Venture37
  • Sigsahel Pastoral Monitoring system to measure economic impacts of COVID-19 – Leila Nomao (Réseau Billital Maroobé) and Cedric Bernard (Action Contre La Faim) 
  • Measuring environmental impact of COVID-19 in the livestock sector in Northern Kenya using crowd-sourced and panel data – Michael W. Graham (ILRI) 
  • Moderator: Vanessa Meadu (SEBI)


Photo credit: A cattle keeper in Laos gives her cow salt. Credit: S. Mann (ILRI) (source)