The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
Sep 18

GODAN Action Webinar: Farmer's rights on data and ownership issues

GODAN Action Webinar: Farmer's rights on data and ownership issues

Event Overview

The GODAN Action Webinar series address the need for capacity building among data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors.

This webinar will explore the less known aspects of farmers’ rights to data and the legal aspect (ownership issues, IP rights, data rights) on national and international level.

There is no doubt that data-driven agriculture has increased agricultural production and productivity, reduced the risk and improved resilience in farming, brought more economic and efficient use of natural resources and has helped farmers in decision making. Increasingly agricultural technology providers (ATPs) enter the market who focus on aggregating farmers’ data. This has led to farmers raising concerns about data ownership and their privacy.

What do we mean by the farmers’ rights to data? Who owns data? Who is entitled to the value of the data? What is the role of privacy in the agricultural sector?

These are some of the concerns and critical questions regarding Farmers' rights to data which will be addressed by our guest presenters: Simone van der Burg, senior researcher in ethics and responsible research and innovation at Wageningen Economic Research, and Foteini Zampati, data rights research specialist at the GODAN Secretariat.




    GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 282 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.