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.
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.
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.