The world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, according to the United Nations. As the population grows, so does the demand for food. Overall demand for agricultural products is expected to grow by 1.1% each year until 2050. Climate change and the increasing demand for land and water will continue to make it difficult to grow crops and raise livestock. Global yields will need to increase in innovative ways in order to feed the growing population and ensure access to nutritious food for all. Because open data is data that anyone can access, use and share, it is shaping solutions to problems that would otherwise be expensive, time intensive or impossible to solve using closed data sources. Through speeding up innovation, open data fosters collaboration between governments, businesses, NGOs and individuals to make new discoveries and help sustainably feed a growing population.
Open data can support innovation and economic growth, improve service delivery and effective governance. It can improve environmental and social outcomes, for stakeholders participating in "innovation systems" and across value chains. Making open data work for agriculture and nutrition requires a shared agenda to increase the supply, quality, and interoperability of data, alongside action to build capacity for the use of data by all stakeholders. GODAN intends to improve the open availability, use and enrichment of data, and meaningful engagement with stakeholders, to enable impacts. This publication highlights how GODAN and its Network of Partners are improving agriculture, food and nutrition with open data.