In partnership with The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Panafrican Farmers Organization (PAFO), GODAN has published a new discussion paper called the Data Revolution for Agriculture.
Foreward by GODAN Executive Director, Andre Laperriere:
"In Data Revolution for Agriculture, CTA makes a powerful case for the empowerment of smallscale farmers and emerging economies through information. With the emergence of low-cost, readily available open data, knowledge is no more the privilege for a few, but a right for everyone. McKinsey recently referred to the data revolution in this context, crafting the concept of ‘globalisation for the little guy’, referring to data being no more the exclusive property of large corporations but rather, a tool that can enable everyone to tap into global intellectual capital.
Yet, with the emergence of low-cost technologies the world is becoming flooded – some would say cluttered – with information whose degree of relevance is often questioned.
The true data revolution does not simply lie in floodgates of data suddenly opening up: it lies in concrete applications that make sense and use of it. This document is a reminder that empowerment and growth can only be achieved putting the beneficiaries in the driving seat, becoming masters of their decisions through enlightened and informed decisions. Based on its extensive hands-on experience working with small and mediumscale farmers in the most remote corners of the world, CTA describes with passion how information can transform the lives of rural populations, stimulate economic growth and in turn, lead the world ahead of the food security challenges ahead of it.
The quest for open data described in these chapters demonstrate not simply how the world will better feed itself, but how everyone’s quality of life will be improved in the process. CTA’s approach to open data is one of an advocate, but a critical one, emphasising the need for wisdom and discernment. For a sustainable and most beneficial development of our collective agricultural future, we must together strive to make sound and relevant data available, understood and put to use. That is the challenge proposed in the Data Revolution for Agriculture."