Mobilizing Capacity Development in Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers - How to bridge the digital divide




  • Risks and benefits of open data sharing in agriculture
  • Ethical approach of open data benefiting smallholder farmers
  • What are the impacts of digital technologies on different segments of agri-food value chains?
  • Digital divide
  • Capacity building
  • Q&A

What: This webinar is about ethical, legal and policy issues around open data in digital agriculture:

  • What ethical principles need to be in place for the handling of data?
  • Who owns data and who has really control on access and use of data?
  • Are farmers reluctant to share their data? If so,why?
  • How do we make information accessible to all actors involved in agriculture?
  • What do we mean by the farmers’ rights to data?
  • How can digitalization contribute to improving sustainability of food systems?
  • What is the role of policies in realizing the potential of digitalization?
  • How can we bridge the digital divide?
  • What  is the role of the governments?

Why: Currently, nearly 800 million people struggle with debilitating hunger and malnutrition and can be found in every corner of the globe. That's one in every nine people, with the majority being women and children. The solution to Zero Hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data. Open Data offers a great potential for innovations from which the agricultural sector can benefit decisively due to a wide range of possibilities for further use.

Farmers can be empowered to harness data-driven  agriculture through inclusive data ecosystems that nurture equitable sharing, exchange and use of data and information by all and for all participants in agri-food value chain, with special consideration of smallholder farmers, the most vulnerable to inequitable data flows.

Who (is the webinar for): Farmers and farmers’ associations, academia and researchers, and NGO’s, policy makers, governments

About Your Presenters

Foteini Zampati is a legal professional with over 18 years of experience. Since joining KTBL she has been working as a data rights research specialist to support the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative on Ethical and Legal aspects of Open data. She is responsible for the research and analysis of national and international legislation on Open Data and Intellectual Property, ownership issues and data rights, compliance and best practices across all aspects of national and European privacy and security, as also data protection law and regulation (GDPR) in the agricultural sector. Foteini holds an LLB in Law and a master in European Union and Business Law.

Foteini Zampati

Foteini Zampati

Legal expert, Godan/KTBL

Suchith Anand is the Chief Scientist and Adviser at GODAN, currently representing GODAN on the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Programme Board. He also oversees and facilitates GODAN’s sizeable Partnership Network. Dr. Anand is an internationally recognised expert in geospatial science, having authored a wide range of publications; from journal papers, scientific reports and book chapters, to keynote presentations and international strategy documents. He has done a lot of work around open principles in the fields of science and education, aiming to help bridge the digital divide, and has served as an invited speaker at the United Nations.

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Suchith Anand

Chief Scientist and Adviser, Godan

Kiringai Kamau is regional Lead- Africa at GODAN. He is current Chair of the Caretaker Board of the Kenya Farmers Association, representing the President of Kenya and the Secretary for Cooperative, Industry and Trade. He is an Agricultural Economist and Social Entrepreneur. He lectures in Agricultural Policy and Agribusiness at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi. His research focuses on organizational integration for process-based capacity building of value chain actors within integration of ICT and Agriculture. Dr. Kamau is a passionate advocate for the role of technology in influencing policy transformation, supporting the use of design and innovation to encourage institutional change within the farming industry. He encourages and supports agribusinesses’ data sourcing initiatives through research engagement, especially within minority groups like youth and women. He is the founder of the Center for Agricultural Networking and Information Sharing (CANIS) at the University of Nairobi and the Founder and Director of GODAN’s Programme for Capacity Development in Africa (P4CD Africa). Dr. Kamau is also the Regional Africa Director of Ycenter Inc., a youth empowerment initiative that links Kenyan enterprises with American Corporates and universities through collaborative efforts to transform learning through Human Centered Design thinking. He promotes active research around open data, anchoring open science within sectoral initiatives of academia, policy, development, and research.

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Kiringai Kamau

Regional Lead Africa, Godan

Valeria Pesce is an ambassador for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative (GODAN) and works as Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Previously, she was project manager and convener at the Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR), where she coordinated work packages and activities in international projects aiming at improving agricultural data standardization and facilitated the creation of a global collective action on empowering farmers through more equitable data flows.

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Valeria Pesce

Information Management Specialist, FAO

Bente Lilja Bye has been a member of the GEO community since 2004, engaged both as representative in the GEO plenary, in committees and contributing to the GEO Work Programme, and currently represents Norway on the GEO Programme Board. Bente runs a small research and consultancy company, BLB, focusing on transforming Earth observation data to information and knowledge for societal benefit. She is responsible for Communication, Dissemination and Assessment as partner in NextGEOSS.

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Bente Lilja Bye CEO, BLB & webinar host on behalf of Plan4all