Smallholder farmers represent the biggest employment sector in rural areas of the developing world and they are also the most important contributors to the global food production. More than 90% of the farms in the world are family farms; they produce 80% of the food and they operate 75% of the farm land.
Key datasets and farmer profile information mapping
In this section, we explore the mapping between key datasets presented in the first part of this document (Open data and agriculture overview) and farmer profile information. The objective here is to identify information available at the farmer/farm level that is essential to exploit datasets and extract information that is relevant to the specific farmer. Such mapping enables us to identify the various elements of the farmer profile that are useful at different stages of the crop cycle. Such mapping can also be used by service providers to better understand farmer needs and customise their offerings. It is important to note that there are some common elements in the farmer profile, such as
communication and personal information that appear across the life cycle. These are basic data elements required to (a) identify the farmer and (b) enable and establish a communications link with the farmer. Because of this fundamental requirement, this profile information is not repeated across sections.