As part of GFAR work on farmers’ rights to data and following up on the face-to-face course on Farmers’ Access to Data organized in Centurion in November 2017, GFAR  (together with GODAN and CTA ) has organized a series of webinars, - to make the content of the course available to everybody.

The fisrt webinar in the series: 

DATA-DRIVEN AGRICULTURE : AN OVERVIEW was presented by Dan Berne on 22 February 2018. 

Webinar 1.

Data-driven agriculture :


Precision agriculture is a promising set of technologies that is data intensive, but which has limited adoption by small holder farms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Concurrently, current trends in sustainability, traceability, and compliance reporting demand that an ever-increasing amount of data be gathered as part of everyday operations in modern production agriculture.

The use of farm management information systems (FMIS) for decision support has shown great promise for improving farm yields and profitability. FMIS in agriculture have evolved from simple farm record-keeping into sophisticated and complex systems to support production management.

However, growers are often unsure of the VALUE of the DATA that they are providing and/or receiving. How does this data help them make the right decisions to improve their yield and profitability? How do growers and service providers work together to simplify the DESIGN and USE of FARM DATA ? How can smallholder farmers take ADVANTAGE of DATA in a mutually valuable relationship with data providers?

In case you missed this webinar : 

The video recording is available here


Webinar 2.

Key Data for farmers : 

Presenter: Stephen Kalyesubula

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 4pm CET




Data becomes significant if it can be linked to information, knowledge and wisdom. Once processed it can be used to generate detailed insights into farm operations and the environment.  It assists big and small holder farmers in making data-based operational decisions to optimize yield and boost revenue while minimizing expenses, the chances of crop failure, and environmental impact.

For data-driven agriculture to happen we have to distinguish the data streams in the food chain from pre-planting to consumption, for example: data collected and managed from the farm by farmers which can be either static or dynamic; data coming from external sources like market prices and data that is exported for aggregation by other farm service providers. However, farmers may not be in a position to realize those streams and possibly what data and information is required to answer the food chain questions, for example: What produce can I grow where I live? When should I sow/plant/harvest/market it? How should I sow/plant/harvest/market it? All these questions can be answered if the factual data or information is used or made available to the farmers.

Webinar 3. 

Crossing the Donga – Accelerating Market Adoption and Use of Data by Smallholders

Presenter: Dan Berne

Monday 26 March 2018, 4pm CET



More details on this webinar available from 15 March 2018. 

Source: GFAR 

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