I currently work for the Statistics Department of FAO and have recently collaborated with CTA and the World Bank on agricultural data policy issues.
I was for a long time project manager and convener at the Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) and collaborated 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 managed 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

The PAFO/AGriCord/CTA Partnership 2016-2018 aims at contributing to expanding and upscaling successes in inclusive and successful business models led by farmers organisations. It also promotes the use of data and ICTs by farmers’ organizations. As part of a consultancy with CTA, I participated in the two-day closing workshop of the partnership held in Brussels in November 2018. I presented some findings from the work done so far on farmers' data rights in collaboration between GFAR, CTA and GODAN.  Find a report of the meeting here. Live: "Fair #data governance is a...
20/11/2018
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
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