The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative seeks to use data innovation as a key tool towards their goal to end global hunger by 2030. The group has called on government and international and private sector organizations to make agriculture and nutrition data publicly available and accessible; this includes information that is already gathered from satellites and on the ground.
In revealing the particulars in the form of ‘big data’, GODAN aims to encourage innovation in farming, insurance, and technology, with the goal of increasing efficiency in order to feed the estimated 800 million people who go hungry every day. GODAN aims to address the fact that governments and the private sector collect enormous quantities of relevant data but seldom have the ability to process it all, let alone use it for innovation.
According to GODAN spokeswoman Natasha Mudhar, “Open data leads to innovation in agriculture and nutrition, and hence promoting food security, by improving farming methods, enhancing food production and providing better information and advice.”