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EFITA newsletter / 1008 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Data governance in agriculture: including farmers (I missed this news in the last Efita newsletter, sorry – GW)
13 October at 15h30 Central European Time
There is no doubt that the proliferation of data-driven technology in agriculture has increased production and productivity: Reducing risk, improving resilience in farming, and helping farmers in decision making. Digital Agriculture (DA) is expected to continue to make agricultural value chains more efficient, while helping communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change and enabling a more efficient use of natural resources.
However, lack of inclusiveness remains an ongoing concern. Farmers in general, and smallholder farmers in particular, feel that they are not the ones who are harnessing the benefits of digital technologies, despite being key actors within agricultural value chains. In turn, these feelings of exclusion discourage farming communities from fully adopting digitization and the benefits that accompany it.
In addition to feeling excluded - and occasionally being unaware of the potential benefits of digital farming - farmers have concerns about who controls the data they produce. There is worry around privacy and individual data rights, as well as a desire for more transparency and trust.
“Putting farmers at the center of a sustainable and equitable digital transformation of agriculture” is the core objective of a collective action on Inclusive Digital Transformation of Agriculture. The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Forum of the Americas for Agricultural Research and Technology Development (FORAGRO), the Confederation of Family Producers Organizations of the Expanded Mercosur (COPROFAM), Global Open Data for Agricultura and Nutrition (GODAN) and Ag Gateway are seeking to address data governance concerns and challenges facing farmers in the Carribean and Latin American (LAC) region.
GODAN is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 13 October at 15h30 Central European Time as part of this action.
Legal experts Foteini Zampati and Caroline Muchiri will discuss ethical and legal digital agriculture challenges faced by farmers, sharing best practices and examples to illustrate and explore how farmers can actively participate in more equitable data sharing. They will be joined by two farming representatives from Kenya and Latin America, to consider the following questions:
- Who owns data?
- Who is entitled to the value of the data?
- How will that data be used or potentially shared?
- What about data protection? what do we mean by the farmers’ rights to data?
- What is the state of recognition of these rights in national and international level?
- What is the role of GDPR and legislation in general in the agricultural sector?
- How should these rights be implemented in local and international laws, guidelines and policies and how can they be protected?
- What should be done to include farmers in the mechanisms of data (collection, evaluation, transmission, use)?
To address these challenges, ForAgro GFAR, CoProFam GODAN and AgGateway have started an action on Inclusive Digital Transformation of Agriculture.
Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, la moisson
Some scientists decided to do the following experiments on a dog
For the first experiment, they cut one of the dog's legs off, then they told the dog to walk. The dog got up and walked, so they they learned that a dog could walk with just three legs.
For the second experiment, they cut off a second leg from the dog, then they told the dog once more to walk. The dog was still able to walk with only two legs.
For the third experiment, they cut off yet another leg from the dog and once more they told the dog to walk. However, the dog wasn't able to walk with only one leg.
As a result of these three experiments, the scientists wrote in their final report that the dog had lost it's hearing after having three legs cut off.
Battage et stockage des grains au moyen âge, Taccuino Sanitatis, sur wikimedia.org
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