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 work to the planning and convening of workshops and webinars on the issue of farmers' data rights.

Latest posts

Bonn meeting group photo
There are many inter-linked issues in the whole data value chain that affect the ability of farmers, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, to access, use and harness the benefit of data and data-driven technologies.   There are policy issues (decisions on making data open and prioritizing types of data to open up to investment decisions); technical issues (availability and accessibility of the necessary data for the development of added-value services and tools that process data and make it usable for different purposes and stakeholders); ethical and legal issues (both farmers...
02/08/2018
The ethical, legal and policy aspects related to farmers’ accessing and using available data, as well as sharing their own data, are now seen as key to empowering farmers through regulations, agreements and an enabling legal and policy environment.   This is why GFAR, GODAN, CTA and KTBL started a consultation process on ethical, legal and policy aspects of open data affecting farmers. As a starting point, we conducted an online consultation from 4 to 8 June at http://www.fao.org/e-agriculture/forums/e-consultation-ethical-legal-and...   The objectives of this e-consultation were to...
21/06/2018
GFAR/GODAN/CTA white paper on Digital and Data-Driven Agriculture: Harnessing the Power of Data for Smallholders
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are being used across the world to generate efficiency gains for farmers. This has led to an information and data explosion with an associated boom in new applications, tools, actors, business models, and entire industries. Agri-food systems are being transformed.   Beyond the technological developments, data for and from farmers has become a growth area, driving expectations and investments in big data, blockchain technology, precision agriculture, farmer profiling and e-extension. Investing in data-driven agriculture is expected to...
21/05/2018
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