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
- Empowering the farmer. Farmers (and especially smallholders) often have less access to information than other specialist actors.
- Optimizing agricultural practice. Government extension services possess a lot of data on agricultural best practices.
- Stimulating rural finance. The price of financial services for farmers is strongly dependent on the assumed risks by financial institutions.
- 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.
- Enforcing policies. Many regulations result in lists of items or organisations that are permitted, licensed, restricted or forbidden.
- 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:
- Add your comments on the beta version of the Agriculture Open Data Package (available at http://www.agpack.info/).
- 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.
- Host national and local-level consultations to landscape your national agriculture data
infrastructure, define your policy areas, and plan your open agriculture data strategy.
- Prioritise relevant government agriculture data for release based on the 14 recommended data categories and sample datasets contained within the Package.
- Contribute your use cases to the Package.
Send comments and use cases to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.