The session, ‘Leveraging open weather data for agriculture and nutrition challenges in Africa’, discussed and shared knowledge on benefits of open weather data, as well as exploring cases of how open weather data is being used globally to address agricultural challenges.
The panel concluded that the weather and meteorological service community needs to act quickly to provide weather data and open data in order to meet the goals of 2030 UN Agenda for sustainable development and in particular food security. It was also noted that access to open data, and more specifically, weather-related data, had been identified as a key factor in transforming Agriculture and Nutrition by the G8 in 2013.
The panel session determined that by making meteorological information available as open data it not only becomes easier to share, but also allows the development of specialised information services by infomediaries targeting specific user needs measures, and the prediction of suitable conditions for farm activities.The availability of weather data and the capacity to use the data is therefore key for farmers, for those providing farm management advice and ultimately also for consumers to ensure food security.
The discussions from the panel session will feed into the next steps for the GODAN Action project, and form part of the GODAN Action Approach.
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