GODAN Webinar - Empowering Women for Open Data Mapping in Agriculture: Implications for Land Rights

Female empowerment is as critical as open data mapping for sustainable agriculture at global and local levels. Loation data about who is empowered is also critical, as is understanding the ownership of agricultural land parcels. According to American writer Steve Maraboli, "the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure, and beautiful beyond description," she is the epitome of a society that is empowered. Empowering women to drive open data mapping in agriculture is a sure trigger of multiple and measurable targets of SDGs in developing African countries. Issues surrounding women's land rights, agricultural sustainability and the SDGs can be tackled with open data mapping.

The Nigerian arm of the Unique Mappers Network leverages open data mapping to drive GODAN Action's capacity development efforts, SDG targets and women-inclusive community engagement. This approach impacts positively on knowledge about women's land rights and agricultural sustainability, and shows the need for better open data infrastructure, in Nigeria and the developing countries of Africa in general.

This Webinar will include four short panel presentations and discussions, as follows:

  1. The African woman in Agriculture: Women in Crop Farming (African/Nigeria Focus-Statistics, Challenges), Women in Fish/Livestock Farming, Women in Agribusiness
  2. Issues of Land Rights, Agriculture & Women in Africa/Nigeria
  3. Open Data Mapping Empowerment for Women: The Unique Mappers Approach
  4. Open Data Mapping: Implication for Women Land Rights, Agriculture & SDGs-Africa/Nigeria



Foteini Zampati, Data Rights Research Specialist, GODAN Secretariat



Victor N. Sunday, Community leader for Open Data Mapping, GeoForAll and Participatory Citizen Science in Nigeria, and the National Coordinator of Unique Mappers Network (UniqueMappersTeam).

Nathalie Sidibe, Board Member Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Founder OSM Mali/Digital Cartography Consultant & SIG.

Uchechi Shirley Anaduaka, Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Economics at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Dr. Toyin Ojo, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Coordinator of the Obafemi Awolowo University Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE).