Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers

The study presented in this report was commissioned by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) as a member of the Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, and was conducted by SB Consulting (SBC4D). The objective of the research is to understand the role of farmer organisations (FO) and cooperatives in the agriculture data ecosystem. These organisations have long been recognised to play an important role in society that translates into the improvement of living conditions of their members, particularly the low-income earning population. More than 40% of households in Africa are member of a cooperative society ([ILO-2000]) and the cooperative movement is Africa’s biggest nongovernmental organisation. The key question this report explores is the role of these organisations in the emergent “data revolution.” How can they ensure that this data revolution benefits their members and the smallholder farmers in general, and at the same time contribute to the revolution by providing valuable information to policy makers or other stakeholders of the ecosystem?

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    List of figures
    List of acronyms
    Section I - Context
    Section II - Study findings
    Section III - Recommendations
    Annex 1 - Bibliography
    Annex 2 - Questionnaire to farmer organisations in Madagascar
    Annex 3 - Sustainable Development Goals and farmer profile information

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Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers