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Apr 19

Webinar: How open data on land and property rights can improve global food security and nutrition

Webinar: How open data on land and property rights can improve global food security and nutrition

Event Overview

Over a billion people worldwide, predominately smallholder farmers, lack secure land rights, which are crucial for obtaining loans and providing the long-term visibility necessary for planning successful agricultural operations. 
In this webinar CTA partner, Land Portal Foundation  will outline the challenges and potential opportunities of land-related data for agriculture and nutrition and describe cutting-edge initiatives and their potential to contribute to enhancing food security and nutrition.

Over a billion people worldwide, predominately smallholder farmers, lack secure land rights, which are crucial for obtaining loans and providing the long-term visibility necessary for planning successful agricultural operations. Open data technologies enable mapping and access to information on land rights, which in turn can lead to more protection for community and smallholder farmers. However, across most contexts, information and data on land are largely inaccessible. Moving towards open and transparent land data and information represents a significant opportunity to provide the foundation for secure land and property rights, and ultimately improved food security and nutrition.
As part of the GODAN Action project, the Land Portal Foundation leads the thematic area of Land Data, which aims to explore the potential of open data to improve sustainable land use planning, to facilitate access to justice, to address rural employment through and to build collective bargaining potential among farmers and the organizations that represent them.
In this webinar Laura Meggiolaro will outline the challenges and potential of land-related data for agriculture and nutrition and describe cutting-edge initiatives and their potential to contribute to enhancing food security and nutrition.

Laura Meggiolaro

Over the last six years Laura has been responsible for the overall management, implementation and expansion of the Land Portal contributing to the process that has seen the Land Portal evolving from a project into an independent organization: the Land Portal Foundation. She leads the team who contributed to transforming the Land Portal from a simple provider of information services into one of the leading Open Data initiatives that seeks to promote transparency through promoting sector standards and information infrastructure.
Laura holds a master’s degree in communications science and a master’s degree in economics for development. She has been working in the development sector for 15 years. Prior to coming to the Land Portal Foundation she has been collaborating with UN agencies and civil society organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Land Coalition at IFAD and ActionAid, specializing in information knowledge management for land rights. 

Organisers

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

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  • GODAN

    GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 282 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.

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  • LPF

    The leading online destination for information, resources, innovations and networking on land issues. Improving land governance and securing land rights for landless and vulnerable people The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking.

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