How do European officials working on agriculture and food topics deal with the emerging data revolution? How can they be aware of the recent developments in a way that may inform their thinking? And how can they respond to the community needs by appropriately shaping the policy programmes and support instruments?
This was the topic of a meeting in Brussels last September, organised by the Big Data Europe project, in collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Agroknow, the BDE partners responsible for the food and agriculture sector, worked with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) of the Wageningen University to invite representatives from the European Commission (EC) DGs (from DG AGRI, DG CONNECT, DG RTD as well as the EU Publications Office) and a select group of community stakeholders. The meeting concluded with “six main challenges in introducing big data in agriculture and food.”