The Big Wins of Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition


The Big Wins of Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

The use of data in sustainable development has expanded rapidly since the term ‘data revolution’ was first coined in May 2013.

Since then, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been working to develop open data initiatives that benefit smallholder farmers and agribusinesses.

This 10 minutes-long video provides an overview of the big wins in open data for agriculture and nutrition and the steps to deliver them. It also explains who can benefit from open data. For instance, giving smallholder farmers access to reliable data can translate into higher productivity, greater access to markets and better nutrition. Data can also be key to building support among policy makers for initiatives on food and nutrition security.

“Open data is already everyday life on the Internet. When we search for the word ‘tomato’ we see on the right-hand side of the search results in Google a panel which gives the nutritional values of the fruit. These data were harvested by Google from the open data library of the Department of Agriculture of the United States.”
Chris Addison, Senior programme coordinator, Data4Ag at CTA.

“Like any resource, [open data] must be managed for the public good, and to ensure that the benefits flow to all people and not just the few.”
A World that Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, UN Data Revolution.

“We need to understand how these data can be made open and available to those who need it most”, says Chris Addison. “It is clear that open data is beneficial to agricultural stakeholders at all levels. Now the question is what can you do to make this happen?”

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