Registration is now open! IGAD Coffee Break Webinar on 20 October 2021 from 13:00 to 13:30 CEST
The next webinar part of the Research Data Alliance Interest Group for Agricultural Data (IGAD)’s new Coffee Break initiative will take place on 20 October from 13:00 to 13:30 CEST. The webinar, titled Growing Digital Agriculture from the Grassroots: designing just and sustainable agricultural data applications will feature Sarah-Louise Ruder, Dr. Hannah Wittman, and Kevin Cussen, from University of British Columbia (UBC) Farm.
During this webinar, Sarah-Louise Ruder, Dr. Hannah Wittman, and Kevin Cussen will present LiteFarm, a living case study for a tool that leverages digital technology for social and ecological justice. LiteFarm is a free, open-access, and open-source web-based application developed through farmer-led consultation by the (UBC) Farm, as well as through community-based research with farmers across North and South America.
As a community-driven, free and open-source application reporting on social, financial, and ecological indicators, LiteFarm is unlike other digital farming tools. It equips farmers with the data and tools to make informed decisions about the health of their farm, their livelihood, their community, and the planet. Though still in early development, hundreds of farmers on six continents have adopted the platform to run their farms.
Even further, the presenters will facilitate a conversation on data governance, justice, and transitions to more just and sustainable food systems with questions including:
- In the age of big data and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, what governance and economic models support food & data sovereignty?
- What are data commons? Who gets to define and enact data commons? Who is involved? Who can share what and with whom?
- What governance and economic models could secure the longevity of non-profit innovations like LiteFarm, without charging for access or monetizing farmer data without their informed consent?
Registration is now open. Interested participants can register for the webinar here.
Sarah-Louise Ruder is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. She lives and works on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her interdisciplinary research explores transitions to more sustainable, food secure, and equitable food systems and the politics of novel agri-food technologies.
More about the IGAD Coffee Break
The new IGAD Coffee Break webinar series, which features eight different webinars and presenters running from 16 June to 27 October 2021. The innovative initiative will help to create an ongoing dialogue and encourage the exchange of experiences and ideas on agricultural research and innovation within the IGAD community and beyond. The webinar titled ‘Analysis of time series of Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 data – the new quality of information for Agriculture’ on 27 October 2021 will close out the series. To watch past Coffee Break webinars in full visit the RDA/IGAD YouTube channel here.