The US Government has released its 2017-20121 Global Food Security Strategy, which was signed by President Obama in July.
The report highlights the importance of Open Data, stating:
"Data are vital to sustainably reducing global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty as they support evidence-based investments, accountability, and transparency and enable the measuring of progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and other global, regional, and local commitments. Open and accessible data are essential assets that provide a foundation of evidence for scientists and decision-makers globally and help fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery in food security and nutrition. Data on programmatic results, climate, poverty, demographics, health, and many other issues are also essential for managing our own programming.
Real-time data feedback loops, for example, provide insights that can inform programmatic adjustments. Geospatial analysis provides visualization that helps focus our efforts where they are most needed. And monitoring progress and climate and production data can help us anticipate and prepare for food shortages and other emergencies. As part of our programming, the U.S. Government will also continue to support countries' capacity to collect and analyze open, timely, and high-quality food security and nutrition data. These efforts will be in line with global efforts such as the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, which are important to monitoring progress on improving food security and nutrition at the national and sub-national levels."
Specifically related to GODAN, the report explains the U.S. government's plan to "champion open data by making data from our activities publicly available and encouraging partners to do the same."
"We recognize that we will need global platforms and fora to leverage support from the global community to accomplish this goal. For example, as part of the U.S. Government commitment to Global Partnership for Sustainable Data, USDA and USAID will continue to provide financial support to the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition secretariat to expand its work in promoting the opening of agriculture and nutrition data sets." - U.S. Global Food Security Strategy 2017-2021
The report also feature's GODAN's strong working partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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