CEMA co-signs the EU Code of Conduct to promote trust & transparency in agricultural data-sharing

CEMA, together with 8 other EU associations representing different sectors of the agro-food chain, co-signed the 'EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing by contractual agreement'.



The co-signatories involved in this initiative are: COPA-COGECA, Fertilizers Europe, CEETTAR, CEJA, EFFAB, FEFAC, ECPA, ESA and CEMA.

This document warmly welcomed by EU's Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, and EU's Digital Economy & Society Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, sets key principles and guidelines to deploy the full potential of digital farming in Europe in order to create value and business opportunities by applying data-driven solutions based on contractual agreements. 

Why to release a joint Code of Conduct on data-sharing for the agri-food sector?

The rise of digital farming creates an unprecedented amount of agricultural data, collected by diverse means, such as farm machines, drones, robots, satellites, sensors, meteorological stations, Copernicus, etc. which can benefit all actors involved in the agri-food chain.

But to make possible all relevant parties have the necessary access to data and benefit from its value, fair and transparent rules need to be clearly set, so that the data sharing is handled appropriately, securely and creating trust among partners.

To be noted, this Code of Conduct is a non-binding document providing guidance on the use of agricultural data, looking at general principles and contractual relations where the farmer remains at the heart of the collection, processing and management of agricultural data. 

Find the Code of Conduct HERE

Key principles to maximize the benefits of agricultural data-sharing cover the following issues:  

  • Attribution of the underlying rights to derive data
  • Data access, control and portability
  • Data protection and transparency 
  • Privacy and security
  • Liability and intellectual property rights

To find all details please check the full document you can find HERE

A brief explanation on the Code of Conduct is availabe in the flyer attached