Tell World Leaders: We Must Unlock the Data Needed to Feed the Hungry

Nearly 800 million people struggle with hunger worldwide. We have the knowledge, the tools and the data to lower this figure to 0 – but this can only happen if everyone has equal access to data. Access to research and data is crucial to feeding the world’s hungry. World leaders and the brightest minds in agriculture and data are currently in New York for the GODAN Summit 2016 to make agricultural and nutrition data free for farmers around the world.

The largest-ever event dedicated to open data and agriculture, the GODAN summit will take place on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The aim will be to urge world leaders to open their national datasets on agriculture and nutrition to help bring hunger around the world to an end. Experts from around the world have gathered to discuss opening vital data on agriculture and nutrition to millions who don’t have access. We are convinced that the solution to eliminating hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative is committed to closing this unacceptable hunger gap by making agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and useable to everyone. Portions of the event will be LIVE webcast.  So those interested can watch . Details are at the GODAN Summit 2016 website      Videos from the event will be posted on the GODAN YouTube Channel.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)    initiative was announced in 2013 and aims to bring countries together to harness the massive amounts of data to solve hunger problems, benefit farmers, and address consumer health issues. GODAN seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide. By empowering stakeholders and world leaders to enable action, GODAN works to unlock the data necessary to solve the challenge of global food insecurity.

We need your help to help farmers get the data they need and help end hunger. We call on you to support this global action to get every government, non­-governmental, international and private sector organization to make agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and usable.

Make your voice heard at 

I will be sharing Geo4All ideas on the importance of Openness in research at the GODAN Summit  tomorrow (16 Sep at 1:30 pm local time). Details at 

We look forward to your active support.

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand 

Geo for All – Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

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