The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
Aug 22

GODAN Action webinar: Agricultural Development - Open Data and the Sustainable Development Goals

GODAN Action webinar: Agricultural Development - Open Data and the Sustainable Development Goals

Event Overview

The GODAN Action Webinar series address the need for capacity building among data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors.

This webinar will focus on the use of open data to inform decision-making on sustainable development in Africa.

In Africa, the role of data, and more specifically open data, in informing national investment plans and associated multi-stakeholder consultations has been a clear part of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) with the African Union working with partners to put in place a Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) on the continent for this purpose. As implementation of CAADP's current results framework enters its third year and the SDGs become mainstreamed in national agriculture strategies, it is now more important than ever to ensure stakeholders have access to the data and information that would allow them to participate in decision-making and hold each other to account.

Open data in agriculture and nutrition allows African governments to punch far above their weight by leveraging the wisdom of national experts in proposing adjustments to strategies and policies and also empowering stakeholders to design, implement and scale interventions that contribute to national targets. However, this requires the sharing of more data and information than that which is available from the national level SAKSS. It also requires, in some instances, changes to how data and information are managed, curated and shared within the public sector and beyond. How do we start strengthening open data initiatives to respond to this emerging reality and what would a roadmap look like?

Presenter: Muchiri Nyaggah, Executive Director– Local Development Research Institute

Muchiri has worked in technology and innovation consulting for twenty years, six of which focusing on open data and open government in Africa as a driver for improved development outcomes. He has keen interest in the implementation of Africa’s development agenda, its impact and how developmental states can deliver better outcomes for Africa's people.

The Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) is an action-oriented think tank supporting efforts of African Union member states to end extreme poverty, end hunger and reduce inequalities. LDRI’s work is focused on the role of agricultural transformation in these efforts, especially the capability of states to have available to them, and share openly, data and statistics for decision-making.


  • Addison, Chris

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)


  • Msengezi, Chipo

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)




    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.

  • 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.