I currently work for the Statistics Department of FAO and have recently collaborated with CTA and the World Bank on agricultural data policy issues.
Previously, 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 represented FAO and GFAR in EC-funded projects on data infrastructures (agINFRABig Data Europe), managed open data platforms in coordination with other global and regional actors and more recently 
dedicated a significant part of my work to the planning and convening of workshops and webinars on the issue of farmers' data rights.

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Together with experts who participated in the Bonn workshop in July 2018 and in the Darmstadt meeting in July 2019, we prepared a "Review of codes of conduct, voluntary guidelines and principles relevant for farm data sharing" that was published by CTA in January 2020 in collaboration with GODAN, GFAR, KTBL and Griffith University. Data in agricultural value chains is currently governed through private data contracts or licensing agreements, which are normally very complex and on which data producers have very little negotiating power. Codes of conduct have started to emerge to fill the...
GODAN, CTA and KTBL organized a workshop on ”Legal and Policy aspects of Open Data in Agriculture affecting farmers” on 25-26 July, 2109 in Darmstadt, Germany. The event was a follow-up of the GFAR/GODAN/CTA Expert Consultation held in Bonn in July 2018 and focused on one of the topics discussed during that meeting: codes of conduct for farm data management. Chris Addison (CTA) and I presented the work done so far on codes of conduct and the rationale behind it. Other participants from farmers' organizations, research, international organizations and governments shared their experiences and...
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...
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