I am currently project manager and convener at the Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) and collaborate with the Secretariat of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative (GODAN). I have represented FAO and GFAR in EC-funded projects on data infrastructures (agINFRABig Data Europe) and I manage the CIARD RINGAgriProfiles and Agrisemantics Map open data platforms in coordination with other global and regional actors.
More recently, I have dedicated a good part of my time to the planning and convening of workshops and webinars on the issue of farmers' data rights.

Latest posts

[Valeria Pesce, from the GFAR blog] Issues around farmers’ rights to data, both in terms of access to data and ownership of data, are crucial to one of the key areas of activity of partners in GFAR: the opening of access to information systems for sharing, transforming and using agricultural knowledge, especially in light of GFAR’s overall approach to putting the smallholder farmer at the center of innovation and seeking change in their lives. Partners in GFAR are already working together in this area under the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initative (GODAN), while a more...
12/03/2018
Trainers and organizers
Dan Berne and Valeria Pesce [from the GFAR blog] Dan Berne introducing the course In the week of 20-24 November 2017, GFAR convened a course and symposium on Farmers’ access to data in Centurion, South Africa. This event is an example of the activities that GFAR wants to promote towards ensuring that communities determine their own needs and their own future, which is one of the key focal areas on which partners in GFAR have agreed to work. Farmers’ awareness of their needs and their rights, in this case data needs and data rights, is key in this process.. GFAR organized the event in...
26/12/2017
The German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (GODAN) and the Association for Technology and Structures in Agriculture (KTBL) organized a workshop on "Linked Open Data in Agriculture", under the G20 German presidency and linked to activities of the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS). The workshop had the objective of promoting the application of Linked Open Data in agriculture by addressing obstacles to implementation and by strengthening networks among existing initiatives. GFAR's Valeria Pesce...
26/12/2017