Data on agriculture in Africa has not always been adequate for those working on policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and review. For those in civil society, academia and the private sector, access to good, well disaggregated data has been more difficult by orders of magnitude.
Some of the data challenges facing the sector came to the fore during the Biennial Report preparation process of African Union member states as they collected data on the indicators for the Malabo Declaration. The first Biennial Review which was held in 2018 was a learning opportunity for all stakeholders on the state of data for agriculture and nutrition in Africa and more so, the paucity of this data in the open.
As part of our participation at the Data for Development Festival held in Bristol, United Kingdom from March 21st to 23rd 2018, AODN organised a session on an Action Plan for Agriculture & Nutrition Open Data in Africa. Organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the Data for Development Festival brought together champions, practitioners, the curious and the sages to explore what has worked and We were honoured to have the following panelists who set the context on what is currently happening to improve the state of data in Africa.
- Oliver Chinganya, Director, Africa Centre for Statistics, UN Economic Commission For Africa
- Ben Paul Mungyereza, Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Government of Uganda
- Prof. Memunatu Pratt, Open Data Council, Sierra Leone
- Martin Parr, Operations Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
- The session was moderated by the AODN Project Lead, Leonida Mutuku.
Following the presentations by the panelists, the participants had a moderated discussion and provided their input on what an action plan for agriculture and nutrition open data should prioritize. The input is being compiled into a zero draft document that will be shared for online consultations in the next week.