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GODAN….. Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package BETA Version

GODAN….. Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package BETA Version

The importance of open data in agricultural development cannot be overemphasised. GODAN has been able to develop a sustainable data platform in addressing various challenges in data gathering and usage with the Agriculture Open Data Package.

The Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack.info) has been designed to help governments get to impact with open data in the agriculture sector. This practical resource provides key policy areas, key data categories, examples datasets, relevant interoperability initiatives, and use cases that policymakers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector or open data should focus on, in order to address food security challenges

Six Policy Areas in connecting agriculture data to user needs

  1. Empowering the farmer. Farmers (and especially smallholders) often have less access to information than other specialist actors.
  2. Optimizing agricultural practice. Government extension services possess a lot of data on agricultural best practices.
  1. Stimulating rural finance. The price of financial services for farmers is strongly dependent on the assumed risks by financial institutions.
  1. Facilitating the agri value chain. Actors in one part of the value chain need to know about performance in other parts of the value chain in order to make decisions such as who to do business with, or how to comply with the quality standards in different markets.
  1. Enforcing policies. Many regulations result in lists of items or organisations that are permitted, licensed, restricted or forbidden.
  1. Government transparency and efficiency. Donors, policymakers, beneficiaries, and civil society require data on government spending in the agricultural sector to promote more efficient decision-making, equity and prevent corruption.

 

GODAN invites policymakers, agriculture specialists and members of the open data community to:

  1. Add your comments on the beta version of the Agriculture Open Data Package (available at http://www.agpack.info/).
  1. Adopt the international Open Data Charter. Become a champion of the Agriculture Open Data Package, and be involved in shaping future versions of the resource.
  1. Host national and local-level consultations to landscape your national agriculture data

infrastructure, define your policy areas, and plan your open agriculture data strategy.

  1. Prioritise relevant government agriculture data for release based on the 14 recommended data categories and sample datasets contained within the Package.
  1. Contribute your use cases to the Package.

Send comments and use cases to enquiries@godan.info. Feedback on this document can also be made via the Open Data Charter Resource Centre. The GODAN Secretariat and network can provide  support to governments that are working to put the package into practice.

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Food Business Secures Your Future

Food Business Secures Your Future

#wakeupcall #truetalk #truth

By 2030, the size of the food and agribusiness in Africa will reach $1tn. So, if you’re thinking of how to make money, that’s the sector to be in….@akinwumiadesina

The future of sustainable business belongs to Agriculture. Agriculture has gone beyond the use of hoes, cutlasses, long term plant varieties, large farmlands, large labour etc. It belongs to the creative and problem solving minds with the determination to take charge of various sectors in the industry…..

I’m passionate about my #profession #agriculture

The life of an #agricultural #communicator………

More excerpts from Dr Akinwumi Adesina’s interview with punchng.com

………..The (Senegalese) president was talking about it: in logistics and transport, producing and processing food, marketing food, services for those that are in agriculture, it’s really fantastic.

There’s a young man who got almost $480,000 from the Bank of Industry in Nigeria. He’s a medical doctor but I can tell you that he’s not using his stethoscope anymore; he’s using different types of equipment.

There’s a great work that’s been going on in Nigeria by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; they get all the young people that are doing these amazing things. One of them is a guy called Noel (Mulinganya) from Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This guy takes cassava, processes it into high-quality cassava flour and uses it to substitute bread-making in DRC. He makes $4,000 a week doing that. Now, he told us that he’s going to move to $10,000 a week. In the area where they are, they have been able to reduce the amount of import of wheat by almost 28 per cent just doing that …. @akinwumiadesina

Ireti Emmanuel Adesida

Agricultural Communicator/Development Consultant

consultireti@gmail.com

#agriculture #agribusiness #food #business #africa #future #organic #farming #rhealyzNaija #rhealyzAfrica #MakeAfricaGreatAgain

Activ8 Agric Innovators

Activ8 Agric Innovators

Source:iicd.org

Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD)

IICD role in Kenya #ICT4AgricDevelopment

Target: Young Farmers in Kenya

Problem Statement/Existing Vacuum: Young Farmers Struggle to make ends meet

Strategy: Using ICT to make sustainable agriculture attractive and easy to use

Areas of Intervention

1) Access to Market Information

2) Production Techniques

3) New Technologies

4) Finanancing Opportunties

……It’s all about ICT-Enabled journey into profitable farming

Sustainability Measures:

1) Setting up ICT Centres

2) Teaching the farmers basic ICT skills

3) Unhindered access to ICT training facilities for all farmers

Output on young farmers:

1) Increase in Knowledge

2) Increase in Income

3) Asset acquisition

4) Motivation to do more

5) Increase in employment opportunities

6) Wider Recognition

7) Increase market network

8) Positive change in attitude towards agriculture

 

The video below

 

 

My Take:

The way forward in making agriculture attractive and sustainable to young people is to deploy all the necessary ICT tools into agricultural production. This will be achievable when the intervention understands what the target audience already knows and are used to followed by the introduction of the needed ICT education strategies.

My Quote of the day:

The New Agriculture is not a “way of life” followed by men in bib overalls — it is a highly integrated profession practiced by professionals who apply modern business techniques, scientific knowledge and mechanical innovations to their operations. …….EARL COKE, The New Agriculture

Ireti Emmanuel Adesida

Agricultural Communication Technology Specialist

consultireti@gmail.com

I champion #Activ8Agric #ICT4AgricDevelopment