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.
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.
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.