September 13, 2022
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“As emerging technologies radically disrupt all aspects of food and agriculture, how do we enable legal frameworks to meet this accelerated pace of innovation while leaving no one behind? In this webinar held 8 September 2022, our expert panel discussed a new study analyzing the ownership, control and governance of the benefits of data related to food and agriculture. This work covers genetic information derived from crop germplasm as well as other data from/for e-agriculture, also known as digital agriculture, precision agriculture, or smart farming. Panelists looked at how connecting policy debates about digital gene sequence information with developments in e-agriculture more generally can improve food and agricultural data governance overall. They also explored issues around the legal mechanisms of ownership, including intellectual property (IP) rights, the technological and social mechanisms through which data control is achieved, and discuss the various options for data licensing and contemporary policy proposals for benefit sharing.
GODAN – Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition – was commissioned to undertake this study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The authors acknowledge support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) via the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network, and the Canada First Research Excellence Fund via the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), as well as Sustainability in the Digital Age and Future Earth for related research informing this study.”