GODAN Summit 2016

  • 19th September 2016
  • by secretary

15 – 16 September  2016. GODAN organised a global summit in 2016 for all its partners to move forward the agenda for open data in agriculture and nutrition. This follows a very successful partners’ meeting in January 2015. The Summit brought together world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others united around a collaboration on agriculture and nutrition data openness.

the GODAN Action project has published a global map of standards relevant to the exchange of agriculture and nutrition data. The GODAN Action partners are now calling on their network of experts to contribute to this new global map.

We are building on two existing portals: the AIMS VEST Registry of FAO and the AgroPortal of University of Montpellier / Stanford University, so we aren’t starting from scratch or duplicating efforts. We are looking for the community to drive improvements to the platform. We want this map to be maintained beyond the end of the project, as a common asset of the community working with agricultural and nutrition data.

Willy Bett Cabinet Secretary
Min.Agric Kenya
Extract of the programme:

Precision Agriculture: How Could Open Data Revolutionize Farm Productivity?
This session explored precision agriculture – farming practices based in information and technology that allow farmers to manage fields in a site-specific manner. It assessed at how open data can enable emerging precision agriculture technologies in a variety of contexts, from smallholder- to larger-scale growing operations across developed and developing regions.

Agricultural Data as Public Good for Africa’s Prosperity
The session explored agricultural transformation that could leverages connectivity and mobile devices to deliver critical information (soil, crop, weather), market facilitation and financial services.

Communicating Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition
For the agricultural sector, the use of data visualisation tools can help reveal important trends and different variables such as environmental factors, geographic location yield percentage, types of products, seed care data that effect changes to crop and yields. Nowadays, there are many data visualisation tools and software programmes open source and free that can give decision support for policy-makers, researchers, farmers for better planning. This session outlined some of the agriculture open data visualisation tools providing information on agricultural science and technology.