GODAN Action is a three year project to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. In particular we work to strengthen capacity, to promote common standards and best practice and to improve how we measure impact.


“Enabling an effective use of open data in tackling the food security and nutrition challenges by building the capacity of potential stakeholders to both understand the potential of open data for agriculture and nutrition and to engage with it practically”.


The rapidly increasing availability of scientific, social and market data has huge potential to improve the agriculture sector and address food security and nutrition challenges. But to achieve this potential we need to ensure that this data can be accessed shared and used by those who are in a position to realise its benefits.
This effective use of open data is currently obstructed by a number of barriers such as:

  • a lack of infrastructure
  • inequalities in access, resources and skills resulting from the ‘digital divide’
  • lack of usable open data tailored to the needs of specific stakeholders
  • lack of awareness that open data exists
  • lack of transparency
  • problems with data privacy
  • failing citizen engagement

Focal Areas

The activities of GODAN Action therefore focus on three inter-related focal areas aimed at addressing these barriers:
1)    Standards - Enhancing data standards and promoting best practice in the management and sharing of data.
2)    Research - Identifying and improving tools and methods for assessing the impact of open data use in the sector.
3)    Capacity - Building the capacity and diversity of open data users, leading to more effective use of data by key stakeholders in tackling agriculture and nutrition challenges.


The activities undertaken in each of the focal areas will be connected through a shared focus on a series of three thematic topics worked on consecutively over the course of the project. These thematic topics will target distinct communities of stakeholders working actively in different areas of the wider agriculture and nutrition sector. The themes were selected based on an analysis of where we think we have an opportunity to make the most significant contribution.
In year 1 of the project the theme will be Weather Data. In year two we will work on Global Nutrition Report data and Land Data.
You can find out more about the GODAN Action approach here...

The GODAN Action partners

Supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), GODAN Action is led by Wageningen Environmental Research together with international partners including AgroKnow, AidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, the Open Data Institute (ODI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA),

Contact us

If you have any questions about GODAN Action, or would like more information on any aspect of the project, please contact Sander Janssen (GODAN Action project lead), at Wageningen Environmental Research.