Report of the online consultation on "Ethical, legal and policy aspects of open data affecting farmers"

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
The objectives of this e-consultation were to:
  • clearly identify the ethical, legal and policy gaps that currently prevent data from benefiting smallholder farmers;
  • using practical examples, give a clear picture of what the desired scenarios would be by 2030 for a policy, legal and ethical ecosystem that helps farmers benefit from data-driven agriculture;
  • move back in time from these scenarios, identify long-term changes needed compared to the current scenario;
  • indicate concrete short-term steps to be taken to move towards the desired scenarios.
The discussion was organized around five questions, with each day dedicated to one question. The conclusions of this e-consultation will feed into a high-level expert consultation that will take place in July. This face-to-face consultation will build on previous discussions and publications, as well as this online consultation, and will in turn set an actionable plan for the future. This will help ensure a follow-up to our conversation, making your views very valuable.
The final report of the online consutation is available here.
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