Call for articles on Farmer organisations use of data leading to improved Market Access - ICT Update magazine

 
 

Published on Monday, 24 September 2018.

ICT Update magazine is looking for articles for its forthcoming issue, on Farmer Organisations and Data for Agriculture.

One of the focus areas of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), is the use of data by farmer organisations and farmer-led businesses.

Over the years, we have seen an exponential growth in data being used to transform agriculture and food systems. Data is being used to build (digital) networks, inform decision-making, access markets and finance, transform value chains and increase productivity. As such, through a wide range of applications and services, data has the potential to benefit (small-scale) farmers and contribute to food and nutritional security on a global level.

CTA has worked with the Pan African Farmers Organisation with a particular focus on the implications of this revolution for their members, and has worked together with Agricord to support this process.

For issue 90 of ICT Update we will focus on this data-driven transformation in agriculture, with a specific focus on how farmer organisations use data to enhance smallholder farmer’s production, profitability and resilience. CTA, which is the publisher of the ICT Update magazine, is therefore interested in articles that explore or present case studies on farmer data-driven solutions to enable farmer access to markets. Articles may deliberate on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

1. Value chains:

  • Data-driven value chain partnerships aimed at creating access to markets for small-scale farmers
  • Digitalisation and datafication of value chains

2. Sourcing knowledge, inputs or advice/ Networks of expertise

  • Farmer-to-farmer networks: information exchange for business enhancement or for network buying power
  • Farm data as a commodity: exchange of data between farmer and manufacturer as a trading mechanism, stimulating productivity and trade

3. Market information

  • Using farmer data to map markets
  • Technologies enabling market access and traceability

We are particularly interested in cases and analyses describing work carried out in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific although relevant writing focused on other world regions will be considered.

CTA, would like to hear from researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners who are

  • Working with farmer data in the context of markets and trade;
  • Developing sustainable farmer data-driven economic solutions for agriculture;
  • Promoting digitalisation and datafication in value chains;
  • Promoting empowerment of small-scale farmers in regional/ national/ international markets.

Interested authors are requested to send a working title and brief description of their intended article for consideration. The deadline to receive the description is 3 October 2018.

Chosen writers will receive feedback for the finalisation of their article (between 700 and 1200 words). Please note that due to space constraints some articles may be included in the online rather than print edition.

Additionally, please share with us any online resources, publications, papers, and reports related to ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship for inclusion in the ICT Update issue.

Contact

Please send questions, expression of interest or articles to: Yanick Bakker, ICT Update Issue Editor, bakker@cta.int.

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ICT Update is a bimonthly printed bulletin, web magazine, and accompanying e-mail newsletter focusing on the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture in ACP countries. ICT Update is published in English and French, by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) based in Wageningen in the Netherlands. ICT Update is distributed in French and English, online and in print format, and has the following audience:

  • 6,000 subscribers for the print edition (individual and institutions in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific countries (mainly), but also in Europe and beyond
  • 4,000 followers on Twitter (where electronic versions are promoted)
  • 4,000 subscribers to its newsletter (English and French)
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Indicative starting date:
19 September 2018
Closing date for application:
3 October 2018

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