MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL OPEN DATA FOR AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND THE 4TH AGRITEC INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

Kenya hosts a successful agriculture and nutrition data meet

Kenya successfully hosted the Ministerial Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (Godan) which was held alongside the 4th

Agritec Africa International Exhibition (Agritec) in Nairobi on June 14-16, 2017.

The high-level meeting underlined the need to make agricultural and nutritional data available, accsessible, usable and unrestricted in order to facilitate planning in agriculture. This, they noted, will increase opportunities of data-driven agricultural growth for posterity.

Delegates in the conference which was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, included several Agriculture Ministers from Africa, Exceutive Director of Godan Andre Laperriere, President of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr. Agnes Kalibata, academicians, researchers and private sector entrepreneurs.

 

The agriculture sector has been making strides in adopting innovations and new practices to increase productivity, reduce cost of food for consumers and increase revenue for farmers. More specifically, agribusiness and agri-preneurship that leverage on technology such as mobile telephony and the internet is already taking root. While the agricultural sector is creating new jobs and opportunities for employment, it requires accurate, accessible and usable data to scale-up this potential.

The use of data for decision-making and action for Agricultural growth however, remains elusive. This is because available data remains largely inaccessible to players along the Agricultural value chains: including farmers, processors, traders and consumers.

The conference focused on “Catalyzing Agricultural Transformation for Inclusive Growth” under the theme “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in food and nutrition data.”

The Ministerial conference seeked to mobilize high level political support to ensure availability, accessibility and usability of data for agricultural planning and decisionmaking in the global south. More specifically, the conference seeked to:

1. Increase financial, human and technological capacities in the global south for agriculture and nutrition data;

2. Improve coordination of data for agriculture and nutrition across governments, private sector, and academia in the global south;

3. Harmonize policies that improve collection, coordination, use, dissemination of agriculture and nutrition data;

4. Provide a platform for peer-learning, co-creation and sharing of expertise/ practices on proven success on the use of quality data and standards for agriculture and nutrition;

5. Create opportunities for the adoption of youth driven agricultural innovations within the public sector to catalyse employment and wealth creation.

6. Facilitate networking and to showcase proven initiatives on open data for agricultural transformation.

Participation.

The Conference was co-convened by the Government of Kenya, Radeecal Communications and GODAN Secretariat. The conference has invited 1,000 high level participants, led by Ministers for Agriculture from 100 countries, private sector, academia, think-tanks, civil society, youth organisations, research networks and development practitioners, the United Nations and multilateral institutions especially the African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia and Latin America, the African Union Commission, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and international organizations.

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All participants attending the conference were registered online through a dedicated website.

The exhibition was open to the general public and free of charge. Participants willing to secure a space for their exhibition had to submit online requests to the secretariat.

Statement of the Ministers for Agriculture at the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Data (Godan) Conference and the 4 th Agritec Africa Exhibition.

We recognize that data and innovation creates opportunities for people to influence their lives and future, reduce poverty, increase productivity, create jobs and participate in decision-making.

We underscore that sustainable agriculture can only be achieved with a broad alliance of people, particularly women and youth, governments, small holder farmers, civil society and the private sector, working together to secure a world that is food secure, without hunger and malnutrition.

We therefore resolve to take urgent actions to achieve sustainable agriculture, reduce food insecurity and nutritional challenges by constituting an African Intergovernmental Network on Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, under the auspices of GODAN.

We therefore decide to establish an Intergovernmental Coordination mechanism to support the network. The Intergovernmental Network on Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition will hold an annual meeting.

The next conference will be held in Uganda.

Hon Willy Bett the CS for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries accepted a call by GODAN

To champion the principles of collaboration and use of open data for agriculture and nutrition within the G77 and its support for the Comprehensive Agreement on Agriculture and Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in Africa.

The Godan ministerial conference is a result of a commitment made by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr Willy Bett at the September 2016 Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit held at the margins of the UN General Assembly, in New York.

Director General, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics joins the world in marking the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Initiative conference scheduled to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 12th -16th June 2017. This is coming at a time when globally Statistical information is required to better define and measure development outcomes, identify development issues, inform policy design and debate, and facilitate planning, implementation, monitoring and measuring of the impact of development interventions. Statistics provide a window to the work and performance of government and non-government institutions by showing the scale of activity in areas of policies, and by allowing citizens to assess the impact of policies and actions. Statistics are therefore the foundations of good governance, and support public confidence.

4-H Kenya

In the wake of the data revolution, the youth hold the key to Africa’s economic growth and poverty reduction. Open access to relevant research and information is the catalyst to achieve these goals by 2025, in the realization of the Malabo Declaration (2014), and the first, second and eighth Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Godan Summit

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Day 1: 14th June, 2017

8:30am - 10:00am

 Harnessing the potential of youth through Open Data for economic growth & prosperity
Agriculture has the potential of creating new jobs
and economic opportunity if the world is to
harness the demographic dividend. The objective
of the session is to explore how young people who
are the majority of the population in the world can
engage in Agricultural Value Chains. The session
will showcase innovative practices by youth across
value chains, examples of enablers such as funds,

partnerships, resources and expertise by
Government, Academia, Innovation labs/hubs and
Private Sector that have enabled youth benefit
from Agriculture and how open data can enhance
their scale up

Tour of Exhibition by His Excellency The President Uhuru Kenyatta


9:30am – 10:15am

10:00am - 10:30am Coffee Break

10:30am - 1.00pm

Official Opening

  • Ms. Annie Nyagah, Youth Rep.
  • Remarks Sanyal Desai, CEO
  • Radeecal Communications
  • Mr. André Laperrière CEO, Global
  • Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition(GODAN);
  • Remarks by FAO Representative
  • Willy Bett, EGH, Cabinet Secretary,
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock,Fisheries
  •  H.E Hon Uhuru Kenyatta CGH
  • Group Photo

1.00pm- 2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm - 3.30pm

Opportunities of data driven agricultural growth for prosperity
The use of data for decision making and action for Agricultural growth remains elusive. This is because available data remains largely inaccessible to players along the Agricultural value chains: including farmers, processors, traders and consumers. This session will seek to showcase examples of where the use of ICT and data has increased opportunity and prosperity for those involved in Agriculture value chains.
3.30pm - 4.00pm Health break

4.00pm-5.30pm

Strengthening Resilience & Food Security
for Agricultural Communities

Populations in the global south are increasingly
exposed to natural hazards (drought, floods,
hurricanes, earthquakes, and disease epidemics),
to human-made crises (socio-economic shocks,
and conflicts) and to protracted crises (complex,
prolonged emergencies that combine two or more

aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development as well as regional efforts such as
the Malabo Declaration. Agricultural growth and
comprehensive food and nutrition security cannot
be attained without increasing the resilience of
vulnerable livelihoods to disasters and crises.
This session shall discuss the opportunities
presented by opening up data in strengthening
efforts to build resilience, allowing communities to
build back better or to mitigate disasters all
together.

7.00pm Dinner (Intercontinental Hotel)
Day 2: 15th June, 2017

07.00am - 08.ooam

Strengthening Agricultural Statistical and Data
Systems in Kenya
The agriculture sector is highly dependent on accurate, usable and
reliable data and information. As technological advances in
collection, curation and dissemination of data come of age, the
departments in government responsible for the broader
agricultural sector can become more efficient, effective and
responsive.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in the
Government of Kenya will share its vision for data driven
agricultural transformation, leveraging on multiple sources as
envisioned in the call for a data revolution for sustainable
development. The session will be a source of inspiration for new
partners interested in working with the Ministry towards
achievement of the country’s agricultural growth and
transformation agenda

08.30am - 10.ooam

South-South Dialogue: How Data is Enabling
Innovations in Agricultural Value-Chains

Agriculture holds the key to unlocking the benefits of the current
economic growth in the global south to benefit youth. More
specifically, Agribusiness and agri-preneurship is already
taking root, where innovative youth, on their own, are beginning
to create new jobs and opportunities for employment. These
initiative have been largely self-driven and require Government
and Private Sector support if they are to scale up to meet the
current challenges. The session will showcase successful

agribusiness ventures, articulate challenges faced by youth in
agricultural value chains and recommend policies that can
support innovation and ease of engagement by youth in
Agriculture.

10.00am - 10.30am Coffee

10.30am - 12.00pm

Mutual Accountability for Consolidating Gains &
Delivering Actions To Achieve CAADP Goals
The first report of the Biennial Review will be presented at the
AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2018.
By June 2017 countries will be required to submit a Biennial
Review report that presents country data collected against 22
performance categories and 43 indicators showing progress
made towards meeting the Malabo Declaration goals and
targets. This session shall explore the synergies between
GODAN and CAADP within the context of this data-heavy
efforts and the potential for open data in strengthening
participation in the Malabo mutual accountability framework at
sub-national through to the continental level.

12.00pm - 1.00pm Parallel Session Sessions

Closed session

Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on Data for
Agriculture and Nutrition in the Global South

Parallel Session 1

International Collaboration on a Minimum Open Data
Package for Agricultural Transformation
Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) has
been working with stakeholders to improve the volume and
quality of open data on agriculture and nutrition around the
world. Governments can play a major role in this development
by releasing a minimum set of open data to support efforts for
agricultural transformation. However, the data related to this
sector can cover a vast array of possible datasets with varying
costs of production/publication and complexities at point-of-use.
This session shall discuss existing and emerging efforts of
governments towards the establishment of an open data
ecosystem for agriculture and the foundation for an
intergovernmental working group.

Parallel Session 2

Improving Productivity Through Better Crop Nutrition
Data
Small holder farmers in low-income contexts face a variety of
challenges in attempting to boost their productivity to escape
subsistence-level farming and poverty. Not least of these is
access to key agricultural inputs (including extension services,
seeds, and fertilizer) at affordable prices and in a timely fashion.
For smallholder farmers, timely and affordable access can in
many cases be the exception rather than the norm, with poor
data and information gaps frequently a root cause of market
breakdowns. This is a particularly acute problem in the fertilizer
sector, where the application of the wrong fertilizer to crops at
the wrong time can result in diminished yields and reduced
productivity, dragging small holder rural farmers further into
negative cycles of poverty and diminished economic
opportunity.
This panel shall discuss ways in which data on soils and plant
nutrition can improve productivity for smallholder farmers and
which intermediaries are the most important to work with.

Parallel Session 3

Improving Coordination in Data for Agricultural
Transformation
Informational aspects of agriculture are largely affected by the
lack of coordination of data, especially on Agricultural and
Rural statistics (ARS). The Lack of integration of ARS into the
National Statistical System (NSS) further contributions to its
decline. Data produced by different ministries, departments and
agencies and in some cases devolved/decentralized systems is
difficult to coordinate since they lack standards and are of poor
quality. There is duplication of work and conflicting data as a

result, dis-incentivizing policy makers who need data to make
decisions. The session will explore the importance of integrating
Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS)
into the National Statistical System, explore the potential of
integration of big data and possible solutions to the challenges
of interoperability due to different data-sources, standards and
types in agriculture and nutrition.

Parallel Session 4

De-risking Agriculture for Financial Services

Smallholder farmers are the largest contributors to the agriculture sector. These farmers often require access to credit facilities, insurance or guarantees in various stages of the production cycle be it during production or post- harvest. However, economically, these farmers are mainly viewed as informal workers and as a result, financial institutions find it difficult to assess their risk profiles and offer appropriate products and services to this group when they need it most. This session aims to begin a discussion on the opportunities for open data, both from public and private sector institutions, to develop custom financial services and products targeted at various stages of the agriculture value chain. In particular we would like to discuss with the panelists which data have they/can be availed to de-risk such smallholder farmers to access support from formal financial institutions and what considerations need to be made to avail and make use of these datasets

1.00pm- 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm - 3.30pm Parallel Session Sessions.

Parallel Session 5

Creating an Extension paradigm shift using Open Data

Agricultural productivity has become a challenge, youth are not
engaging with agriculture and the aging farmer cannot cope
with new digital thinking that can advise decision makers as
they also provide data for decision making. There is need for a
paradigm shift in knowledge delivery to producers (extension)
through a new knowledge driven model. The session will aim at
exploring how a new data driven model of transforming farmer
organizations can be used to provide an infrastructure for
strengthening agricultural extension services through service
orientation. The session will further explore actions required by
Governments and other stakeholders to ensure near real time
availability of accurate information necessary to improve
agricultural extension services.

Parallel Session 6

Mobilizing Stakeholders to Improve the State of
Nutrition Data in the Global South

For countries to achieve SDG 1,2,3 and 10 they need to have
access to good data on how their populations are faring in
regard to poverty, health and hunger. But sub-national data in
many countries in the global south may not be available to
ensure the right interventions are being implemented in the right

parts of the country at the right time. This could undermine
efforts to reduce inequalities within countries and hamper efforts
to move the needle on the targets related to these goals. This
session shall discuss the state of nutrition data in particular,
such as stunting in children under five, which supports efforts to
achieve targets set at the World Health Assembly, the 2030
Agenda and regional development frameworks such as Africa’s
Agenda 2063.

Parallel Session 7

Investing in Agriculture Data for Growth and
Development

Agriculture has an inert potential for transforming economies in
the global south. It holds the key to rapid job creation, improved
health and livelihoods for the majority of the world’s poor. The
sector however suffers from inadequate resourcing.
Governments, for instance in the African Continent fall short of
the agreed 10% budgetary contributions. While acknowledging
that resources is not the only panacea for the challenges in
Agriculture, adequate financing for agriculture remains a viable
investment for food and human security. This session will
outline funding trends for the sector in light of reducing
Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) and the challenges of
meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The
speakers will also explore examples of innovative financing and
highlight critical areas that require resourcing if the potential
for agricultural led transformation is to be realized.

Parallel Session 8

Capacity Building For Evidence Based Decision
Making in the Global South

Today, almost all data generation is digital; hence, for the first
time in the history of humanity, we are in a position to instantly
share, disseminate, and send massive information anywhere
around the globe, at any time. Data may become knowledge
and a support to Evidence Based Decision Making once the
concepts, the processes, the ideas, the decisions that led to its
generation, are extracted and reformulated in a manner that can
be understood, analysed, and accessed by everyone. Then data
truly becomes knowledge. In turn, through wide dissemination,
knowledge allows leaders and individuals alike to make better
facts-based, enlightened, decisions leading to better societies
and enhanced individual well-being.Open data allows
governments, private sector and civil society for the first time to
work together in a true participative manner. This panel will
discuss possible synergies between existing education and
training activities on agricultural scientific needs for open
curricula focussed on open data and best practices and
development proposals for training programmes and their
potential contribution to the realization of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). We need multidisciplinary inputs
about best practices into the curriculum development process
with the objective to expand the societal impact of open
agricultural research. A particular focus will be on sharing
knowledge about training programs and platforms reducing
digital divides so that researchers in developing countries can
also benefit.

3.30pm - 4.00pm Coffee

4.00pm- 5.15pm High Level Closing Panel

SPEAKERS

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PARTICIPATION COST

Important Note: 25% is the booking amount which is non refundable. Air Travel, Accommodation and Local Transportation are not included in the cost below.

Standard Stand Construction:

$ 275 per sqm

KSH 20000 per sqm

For Indian Exhibitors Rs. 15000 per sqm + Service Tax

  • Side Walls, fitted in standard booth system frame
  • Fascia Board with company name and stand number in standard lettering
  • 1 Table and 2 Chairs
  • Electric supply of up to 5 kw which will be provided by 1 single phase outlet (220 V) 2 spot lights (100 watt each), this is included in the 5 kw
  • Company delegates entry to the exhibition
  • Waste Basket
  • General Cleaning of aisles
  • Pavilion security during the exhibition
  • Entry to the Exhibition Catalogue and Website

A Raw Space:

$ 250 per sqm

18000KSH per sqm

For Indian Exhibitors Rs. 14000 per sqm + Service Tax

  • Floor Space
  • Entry to the Exhibition catalogue and Website
  • Company delegates entry to the exhibition
  • General Cleaning of aisles
  • Pavilion security during the exhibition

 

Cross Trade

  • $ 1000
  • KSH 70,000
  • For Indian company Rs. 50000+ Service Tax.

Logistics Information

TRANSPORT

MINISTERS 

The Government of Kenya will provide appropriate transport for the Ministers from the Airport and during the conference.

OTHER DELEGATES

To ensure ease of transport for delegates within Nairobi, the Government of Kenya will provide shuttle bus services for use by all delegates. Shuttle buses will connect the designated hotels where delegates are staying to pick-up and drop-off points at KICC . Shuttles services will not be provided to delegates to attend side events being held outside KICC. However one can access Uber cab services anywhere and anytime through the Uber app.

Shuttle services will be available from  14th–16th June, 2017 between 7.00AM. through to 10.00PM. during the duration of Conference. Special arrangements will be in place in case of extended or after-hour meetings. Shuttle service is scheduled to end on 16th June, 2017.

All delegates are encouraged to use this service as a simple and efficient way to move between the hotels, conference venue and airport.

ACCOMMODATION  FOR DELEGATES

All delegates are responsible for booking and reserving their own accommodation.

SECURITY AND SAFETY

The Government of Kenya has put in place adequate measures to ensure the safety and security of all delegates.

Optimal security measures will be in place at the conference venue the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) , its vicinity and adjacent buildings; at all the designated hotels; parking areas and any other areas that will be identified for such consideration.

All persons accessing the conference venues will be subjected to security screening.

Appropriate traffic arrangements have been made to ensure the smooth movement of the delegates and visiting dignitaries.

 

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