Open Data and Smallholder Food and Nutritional Security
This Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) paper provides an overview of the potential impact that “open data”—data anyone can access, use, and share—could have on food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers, and identifies possible relevant data sources and applications. Although there are few examples of a direct impact of open data on food and nutrition security, indirect impacts through apps and platforms promoting their use were found. These impacts included saving USD $3.1 million in drought damage with a climate-smart tool in Colombia, and exposing misspent farm subsidies in Mexico. Recommendations for the future include tapping into data sets from the corporate sector, specific crop-related data from the scientific community, and NGO programmatic evaluation data.
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