Godan to Address the Importance and Benefits of Open Data in Ending Hunger

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The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), a UK and US government supported initiative that supports the proactive sharing of Open Data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security, will be presenting at Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition conference in Bangkok, Thailand. At the event, Andre Laperrièrethe CEO of GODAN will be presenting on the importance of Open Data and how it can be effectively used to address the current issues surrounding malnutrition and hunger.

Mr Laperrière will be participating in a panel discussion on SDG2: Tracking Progress With New Tools And Data and will be chaired by Mr Karin Hulshof, Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific, UNICEF, Thailand. The session will focus on the challenges and opportunities currently facing global data and joining Andre on the panel will be Namukolo Covic, Senior Research Coordinator, IFPRI, Ethiopia, David Pelletier, Professor of Nutrition Policy, Cornell University, and President, Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition, USA and Sok Silo, Deputy Secretary General, Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), Office of the Council of Ministers, Cambodia.

Mr Laperrière will be putting forward how Open Data is crucial in meeting these targets and in what ways governments and industries can help by empowering family farmers through innovation.

GODAN seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutrition relevant data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide, by building high-level policy and public and private institutional support for open data. The idea is that open and accessible data will empower farmers and food companies from across the world to use the relevant and smart data to better plan and execute their production in and in turn address and tackle world hunger.

Speaking about GODAN’s participation at the event, Mr Laperrière, said: “GODAN has a successful track record in promoting and providing Open Data to organisations across the globe. We work tireless to ensure that the farming and agriculture sector as a whole, is well connected, established and equipped with data which will help improve production. Despite its success so far, there is still work to be done, and this event will help bring together decision makers, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders from across the world, and is an opportunity to spotlight ways on improving food security and nutrition in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We are confident that we can put our message across to the audience, who we know can help change the world for the better.”

Accelerating The End Of World Hunger is an event held by The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) which provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. The event will focus on a number of solid evidence-based reports assessing different pathways to accelerate progress. Its aim is to produce a variety outputs, including a book and information tools such as videos and slide decks to help raise awareness. The event will also build toward the creation of a network for cross sectoral dialogue, information sharing, coordination, advocacy, and action, both at the global and country levels.

GODAN has already established a number of successful and important partnerships across Asia, particularly in Thailand, in which they work extensively with the prestigious University of KasetsartWit industry and Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), an organisation dedicated to mutually reinforcing and collaborative relationships among a wide range of institutions. The organisation seeks to further partnerships with governments and private sector companies to utilise open data and technology to enable efficient farming and food production. 

This will be Mr Laperrière’s second trip to the country this year after previously representing GODAN at a full training day and workshop on Open Data policy and roadmap on agriculture, in which he help train more than 100 civil servants on the benefits of Open Data.

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