The data revolution is set to transform the agriculture industry, allowing farmers to make data-driven decisions about crop yields, water usage, and more. While these technology advancements are improving practices for large agricultural companies, some experts are concerned it is also creating “imbalances in data access and use,” since smallholder and subsistence farmers often do not have the same resources to invest in the new solutions. The Responsible Data community has proposed four best practices to help mitigate some of the challenges that arise when introducing new technologies and data solutions, including how to spread the wealth of knowledge so that more people can benefit from the advancements.
In order to make these kinds of decisions in a responsible way, sharing the decision-making responsibility with people from the communities themselves seems to be the best way of ensuring no harm or negative unintended consequences. Co-design methods and collaboration early on in the data sharing process is also recommended as a way of getting solid buy-in from relevant communities.”
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