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Join the Open Data revolution to end global hunger

September 8, 2016

The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) Summit is set to take place in New York, on 15 and 16 September. CTA, as one of the main sponsors of the Summit, is keenly anticipating the momentum that the event will catalyse towards opening up data on agriculture and nutrition. Join the largest event ever planned for open data in agriculture and nutrition.

Making information about agriculture and nutrition not only available, but also accessible and useable, lays robust foundations for ensuring global food and nutrition security. Releasing the enormous stock of data will encourage cooperation and collaboration to solve long-standing and evolving problems, and benefit farmers and the health of consumers. A focus is securing high-level support from governments, policy-makers, international organisations and big business to harness the huge and growing amount of generated by new technologies, hence the sponsorship of the summit.

Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative

GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and useable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food and nutrition security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with more than 330 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private-sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose.

Throughout the summit, the CTA stand will showcase CTA’s work on open data, demonstrating just how important open data on agriculture and nutrition are and the transformations they can bring about. CTA will also participate in two major summit sessions. On 15 September, CTA will participate in the panel entitled ‘Open Data: from Release to Impact’. This session will show how CTA and partners involved in the GODAN Action Project are building capacity to use open data to tackle food security and nutrition challenges and to expand the diversity of open data users along the value chain. The following day, 16 September, CTA’s Chris Addison and Isaura Lopes will look at the role of communication in open data in the session on ‘Communicating Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition’. For more information, visit the CTA stand at the Summit.

"Right now, nearly 800 million people struggle with debilitating hunger and malnutrition in every corner of the globe. We are convinced that the solution to eliminating hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data. These data, now locked and unseen in government, private sector and civil society datasets, needs to be identified and made open and available. Farmers, farmer organisations, researchers, extension experts, policy-makers, governments, and other private sector and civil society stakeholders are all involved in building a food secure world."

Extract from the petition 'Open Data Revolution to end global hunger'.
Sign and share the petition http://summit.godan.info/petition/ 

Find out more

Read The GODAN Action Project: an innovative approach
Read Open data workshop for data-driven journalism in Africa
Read Agricultural Open Data in the Caribbean
Read Open Data and Smallholder Food and Nutrition Security
Watch the video GODAN Action: Capacity Development for data-driven journalism in Africa
Download the infographic How data is transforming agricultural and rural development

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