Fair & Smart Data (FSD) is one of the three spearheads created by SBE at Maastricht University in 2021. The spearheads focus on societal challenges related to Sustainable Development, Digitalisation, and Globalisation. FSD combines these three focal points with an emphasis on sustainability, and where digitalisation is a way to innovate global value networks, making them smarter, fairer, and more sustainable, in particular in the interest of smallholder farmers in the Global South.
Within the FDS spearhead, we create a collaborative research and working environment for academics, practitioners, and students to provide a hands-on interdisciplinary learning experience and to increase the societal impact of our research output.
An important goal of FSD is to create an online platform that scrutinizes the sustainability and current value distribution in global supply chains.
The first application of this platform aims at informing consumers in the West about the living conditions of smallholder farmers in the Global South and the ecological footprint of their farming activities. However, the lack of transparency and traceability in global supply chains makes this ambition particularly challenging.
To circumvent this obstacle, the proposed project wants to close the information gap between consumers and farmers by developing a reliable methodology for converting several types of data (about supply chains, living income, ecological footprint, etc.) into suitable information for end-users of the online platform.