Driving Better Data for Food Security and Nutrition
Every year governments in low- and middle-income countries invest millions of dollars in agriculture without accurate and reliable information. This leads to losses in productivity and income and perpetuates hunger and poor nutrition, particularly among the most vulnerable. There is an urgent need for more timely, accurate and reliable data to inform the decisions that will drive a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive food systems transformation.
The annual plenary of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is an important moment globally for meeting and discussing the most pressing issues for global food security and nutrition.
1. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are central in catalyzing and supporting data-driven decision-making towards the goal of zero hunger.
2. Agricultural data systems must take into account national contexts and capacities.
3. Data sharing and integration is becoming more important than ever.
4. Data collection and use at the local level must be inclusive and not extractive
5. There are deep running tensions between the value of open data and potential risks to privacy and concerns around data ownership.