Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

Closing data gaps and promoting evidence-informed decision-making for food security and nutrition

Virtual, Italy | 01/07/2021

The Secretariat of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) organized a half-day public event in support of the CFS 2020-2023 Multi-year Program of Work (MYPOW), specifically its approved major work-stream on data systems related to global food security and nutrition.

This event was convened virtually on 1 July 2021 (3:00 – 6:00 PM Rome time) and opened to interested parties from the CFS and relevant institutions, including CFS Members, (ad hoc) Advisory Group members, Civil Society and Private Sector Mechanisms associated with the Committee.

The event kick-started the process of policy convergence among CFS members and stakeholders, and it will assist the CFS High Level Panel of Experts (CFS HLPE) prepare their own anticipated report on this topic.  It is foreseen that the outcomes of the webinar, drafted in the form of a Chair’s summary, will help frame and refine the scope and objectives of the CFS HLPE report which is expected to be released in 2022.

For more information, read the concept note.

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Date and time: 1 July 2021 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM CET

Programme: Download the programme here.

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm | Welcome remarks
  • Introductory remarks by the CFS Chairperson Thanawat Tiensin
  • Keynote Address: Can agriculture and food security policies be effective when data is unreliable? Making the case for more and better (food security and nutrition) data, Máximo Torero Cullen: FAO, Chief Economist - Presentation
3:20 pm - 4:15 pm | Panel 1: Promoting data collection and analysis for better food security and nutrition


  • Harnessing the power of data for the transformation of the agrifood system, Marie-Agnès Jouanjean, World Bank Group, Economist;
  • Overcoming evidence gaps on food systems, Koen Deconinck: OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Economist/ Policy Analyst;
  • The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index: A suite of tools and methods for measuring empowerment and gender equalityHazel Malapit: IFPRI, Senior Research Coordinator - Presentation;
  • New data sources and big data approaches to solve agricultural development problems faster, better and at a greater scale than before, Brian King: CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, Coordinator - Presentation;
  • Responsible and Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, the promises and challenges. André Laperriere: Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), Executive Director - Presentation;
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm | Panel 2: Use of data for increasing food and nutrition security and accelerating food systems transformation – country experiences/case studies


  • More and better data for agriculture transformation in Kenya, Thule Lenneiye: Ministry of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Transformation Office - Presentation;
  • Smallholders’ data. Using participatory approaches for mapping of territorial markets, Nadjirou Sall: ROPPA, Secretary General ;
  • Data in Action: An Open-Source Protocol for Securely Exchanging Agricultural Data, Rikin Gandhi: Digital Green, Executive Director - Presentation;
  • Who's digits in who's data? Pat Mooney: ETC Group, co-founder
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Moderated discussion and conclusions

Moderated by Bernard Lehmann with concluding remarks by José Maria Sumpsi Viñas, both members of the CFS HLPE Steering Committee