Data Governance in Agriculture: Including Farmers

Oct 06 2021

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.

To address these challenges, ForAgro GFAR, CoProFam GODAN and AgGateway have started an action on Inclusive Digital Transformation of Agriculture.

Source: GODAN