On 24 November in Johannesburg, GODAN Action partners will be convening a symposium on ‘Farmers’ access to data’. The symposium is preceded by 4 days of training for farmers and farmers’ associations’ representatives as well as other actors that have an intermediary role in the farm data value chain, such as extension agents, advisors and providers of farm management information systems.
The event is convened by Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), co-sponsored by GODAN and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The event has been organised locally by Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA).
The detailed programme of the symposium will be available on the GFAR website shortly.
If you would like to attend the event, please register to participate. The symposium is open to everyone and will incorporate discussion with the participants of the training course.
Keynote speakers and panel chairs will include:
The symposium will feature presentations by:
Juanita Chaves from the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR), presenting on issues of farmers' rights
Nicolene Fourie from the Earth Observation Science & Information Technology of CSIR (South Africa), presenting on legal and ethical aspects of farmers' access to data
Stephen Kalyesubula from iLabs@Mak Project of Makerere University (Uganda), presenting on key data for farm management
Issues around farmers’ rights to data, both in terms of access to data and ownership of data, are crucial to both GFAR and GODAN Action’s vision. They are also addressed in GODAN Action’s first use case: usability and impact of weather data in farm management information services. Weather data and irrigations will be one of the examples discussed at the symposium.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form.