91 Open Data for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition

Understanding best practice in opendata policy and data management within agriculture programmes, in order to improve policy and programming of food security aid interventions, research and statistics


  • Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Secretariat
  • FAO
  • MUN Academy
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom


Proactive sharing of opendata to make agriculture and nutrition information available, accessible and usable is crucial to ensure food security. Here we explore how research, programmatic and statistical data can be better used to drive impact from the perspective of donors, policy makers and data users.
Research: Open Data Institute and GODAN, invited by DFID, USAID, and the BMGF, reviewed opendata policies and how they are being implemented across jointly funded agricultural projects. Results showed that implementers struggle to understand policies and develop effective opendata management plans. Informed by evidence, donors present a joint statement to develop harmonized opendata policies.
Programmatic: the Initiative for Open Agriculture Funding ensures organizations have the information they need to make smarter agricultural investments. They provide governments, donors and implementing partners with technical assistance and tools to produce and support decision making using better quality data using the IATI data standard.
Statistical: Despite an overabundance of aggregated statistical data there are few tools to assess if/how CFS products are considered during policy making processes. There is a pressing need for a coherent set of open, neutral and comparable statistical parameters. MUN Academy reports on methods to source and manage quality microdata.





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