Open data plays a critical role in the agricultural and nutritional sector. Most specifically, it is key in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the framework for improving food security, nutrition, and increasing incomes in Africa's largely farming based economies. The continental agenda relies on indicators from each CAADP implementing country to monitor progress in reaching the targets of 10% national investment and 6% increase in productivity. The transparency of this data can empower stakeholders such as civil society groups and farmers’ organisations to monitor progress. A variety of sources provided through existing data portals and analysed through National Strategic Analysis Knowledge Support Service (SAKSS) could further reinforce the governance of existing national agreements between government, private sector, civil society and farmers’ organisations. These national agriculture investment plans could also be monitored and reported on by journalists with more understanding of open data use.
This training course is part of the GODIVAN Project, a 3.5 year DFID Project implemented by a Joint Venture of international partners (i.e.Wageningen UR –Alterra , AgroKnow, FAO, GFAR, Land Portal, CTA, Open Data Institute, AidData, IDS ). The aim of this training course is to showcase how to integrate and use open data. Tools on how to find, present and visualise data suitable to journalists’ needs, such as creating charts, maps, or galleries will be part of this training. This training will be organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in partnership with the NEPAD Agency.