Could Data Transform The Lives Of 500 Million Smallholder Farmers Worldwide?

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 Burak Arıkan
This article originally appeared on Forbes

Regi Wahyu is a data-entrepreneur transforming smallholder farming in Indonesia and beyond. He is the co-founder of HARA and an Ashoka Fellow since 2018. We spoke to him as part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate. (Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the series.)

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Regi Wahyu : "The reason I do this work – to break the cycle of poverty for smallholder farmers. They don’t have any skills other than farming, and no capital to do business. The only thing they have is the data they are producing. I want the farmers to get paid whenever the financial institution, or insurance company uses their data.

"Integrity is at the core of everything we do. It’s about the integrity of the data; having integrity by paying farmers for their data; and integrity in how we behave with each other."

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