Updated Apr 02, 2019

GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition)

www.godan.info

Louisa Facey

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GODAN is a government, UN, FAO supported initiative advocating the proactive sharing of Open Data to make information about agriculture and nutrition accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ending world hunger.

GODAN has been working tirelessly to advocate the usage of Open Data to governments and organisations around the world. As of this day, the GODAN network has members in over 110 countries across the globe. So far this year GODAN has been participating in a number of high-profile summits and conferences all over the globe in countries such as Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Romania, UAE, UK, Denm...
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GODAN has been working tirelessly to advocate the usage of Open Data to governments and organisations around the world. As of this day, the GODAN network has members in over 110 countries across the globe. So far this year GODAN has been participating in a number of high-profile summits and conferences all over the globe in countries such as Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Romania, UAE, UK, Denmark, Rwanda, Thailand and Vietnam among others, to advocate the openness of data to improve developments within agriculture and to encourage the alliance of companies/ organisations in academics, governments, private and public sector to improve the quality of data available to those in the farming industry. It is through this outreach that GODAN continues to raise awareness about the benefits of Open Data access, particularly how it can competitively transform agriculture and farming in different nations and raising awareness. GODAN has been particularly successful in raising awareness for rural businesses. GODAN is also acting as special advisor to various boards/organisations on issues related to agriculture, nutrition and open data. GODAN’s expertise/footprint has led to it working with more than a dozen Governments who sought its assistance in defining open data policies/regulation. This in turn should help open more data (especially research data), stimulating the emergence of further innovations benefiting farmers and consumers alike.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

GODAN is in the process of building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. It is rapidly growing, currently with almost 900 global partners, pledging support to GODAN’s Statement of Purpose

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Ghana, Rwanda and Vietnam

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Key Partner
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Countries Implemented In
9,000,000
Customers
6
Employees
$4,800,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

GODAN was launched to pioneer the proactive sharing of Open Data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to the public to tackle the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. Today, the lack of food is still bringing detriment to many societies and the next 50 years will bring the need to produce 70% more food than at presence. In order to meet this challenge, the worlds collective thinking needs to change and innovations must be in place

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Solution

GODAN promotes the collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders in the agriculture sector to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to address the long-standing food problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. Through the use of Open Data to integrate different sources and improve the quality of data available to those in the farming industry, farmers can be provided with relevant and historical data to improve the efficiency of their practices.

Target Beneficiaries

Through the use of Open Data to integrate different sources and improve the quality of data available to those in the farming industry, farmers can develop their practices, and consumers can be further empowered to make better decisions when it comes to choosing their products. This information is easily accessible GODAN’s aim is to improve the livelihoods of those in the agricultural sector and all consumers globally in an effort to increase sustainability

Mission and Vision

GODAN’S core objectives are to advocate for new and existing open data initiatives to set a core focus on agriculture and nutrition data by increasing widespread awareness of ongoing activities, innovations, and good practices. In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, GODAN’s mission is to tackle food security issues by promoting innovation, empowering farmers, processors, traders and consumers and put an end to world hunger

Competitive Advantage

We are a multi-sectoral alliance of organisations from Governments, Academia, Research, Private Sector and civil society, focusing on areas as diverse as genomes to satellites, medical to farming, all united by the common goal of working together to innovate and secure global nutrition security before 2050. No other organisation unites so diverse range of partners, mobilises so many people and organisations with so few full time staff (our strength are all the volunteers, champions giving their time and their heart to this noble cause), supporting multiple SDGs across the globe.

Planned Goals and Milestones

GODAN is constantly looking at ways to encourage and promote the sharing of Open Data on a global scale. Innovation is key to changing the agricultural and farming landscapes for the better. GODAN has earmarked 2019 as a crucial year in making strides toward global food security. GODAN will be involved in a number of programmes, key events and initiatives, to help drive innovation and showcasing initiatives and advocating for further use of Open Data.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted2,000,000
New Implemented CountriesChad, Burkina Faso, Mali, India, South Sudan, Somalia
Recruit3 board members, 6 regional managers, 4 specialists, 10 volunteers
New FeatureCombining skills from sectors as diverse as telecoms and medicine, agriculture and geospatial, led by country and technological leaders in strategic sectors across the globe.

The Team Behind the Innovation

GODAN’s Chief Executive, André Laperrière joined the initiative as its first Executive Director, in September 2015. During his career, Mr. Laperrière has led/managed numerous projects on behalf of large Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations and the World Bank. He has more than 30 years of international development experience. His Deputy Samuel Compton has more than 20 years of experience in development programmes in Africa and the Middle East.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Oct 2018
New Country Implemented In
Vietnam
Sep 2018
New Country Implemented In
Rwanda
Jun 2018
New Country Implemented In
Ghana
Nov 2017
Key Partnership