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.

Stéphane Boyera

Founder and CEO of SBC4D

Stéphane founded SBC4D in January 2009 and till July 2013, was contracted to act as Lead Program Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation. Stéphane has played an important role in the creation of the World Wide Web Foundation since 2008, launched by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web. Stephane, as part of SBC4D core activities, is also advising numerous non-profits organizations, commercial companies, governments and international organizations interested in delivering mobile services to under-privileged communities in the developing world.

Stéphane Boyera


Stephane has a passion for leveraging the power of mobile and Web technologies to empower people in parts of the world where they need it most. Stéphane has participated in different experts panel on the topic of Mobile and Social Development, including the World Bank Expert Panel on Mobile for Rural Development, the World Bank Expert Panel on mobile Health, and Vodafone Socio-economic Impact of Mobile (SIM) panel. Stephane also delivers keynotes and talks in major conferences all over the world coping with ICT4D and the provision of the benefits of the Web and ICT to under-privileged communities.

Previously, Stéphane joined the World Wide Web Consortium, created and still directed by Tim Berners-Lee, in 1995. Leading the W3C Device Independence Working Group from 2001 until the end of 2005, he was a key participant in the development and launch of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. Stéphane also took part in the management of the Voice and Multimodal Activities. From 2006, he led W3C’s work on the Mobile Web for Social Development group, which is looking at how to extend the frontier of the Web to make it relevant, usable and useful for rural communities and under-privileged populations of developing countries. from December 2013 till February 2015, Stephane founded and led the W3C work on Web Payments. Before W3C and the Web Foundation, he worked in Artificial Intelligence (knowledge acquisition and modeling) at INRIA.

Stéphane graduated from ESSTIN (degree in telecommunications and network engineering), in Sophia-Antipolis, France.


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In the Caribbean region, tourism is an essential element of the economy, and one of the sectors with the biggest growth in the recent years. For instance, in 2014, the region received 26.3 million tourists who spent US$29.2 billion, setting a new record for the region (Dawkins, 2015). However, to sustain this growth, the tourism sector must develop strategies to adapt to the new demands from the visitors and diversify its products from the traditional sea-sand-sun and cruise options.


  1. Leveraging ICT innovations to support farmers and farmers’ organisations

    The data revolution is helping us make better decisions in all areas of our lives, and farmers are no exception. However, the smallholder farmer is being left behind as more data applications are developed for commercial farming. There is a need to better empower smallholder farmers to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) innovations for greater productivity and efficiency.

  2. Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers

    The objective of this research is to understand the role of farmer organisations (FO) and cooperatives in the agriculture data ecosystem. It details for each stage of the crop cycle, the findings in terms of data use, needs, and challenges and contains a summary of the findings in the form of recommendations for farmer organisations and cooperatives in terms of farmer profiling activity.

  3. Enhancing the use of data for agriculture

    In recent years, the use of data for agriculture has increased with the development of new information and communication technologies (ICT). However, these new technologies have been insufficiently applied to fulfil the agricultural potential of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. More actions are needed to strengthen the use of data to fight poverty and hunger in ACP regions.


  1. Oct 2

    Brussels Briefing 40: Data, the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries

    To improve information sharing and promote networking, CTA, the DG DEVCO from the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat, Concord organise bimonthly briefings on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation. The Briefing on 18th February 2015 will focus on the potential the data revolution can bring to the agri-food sector of A…