Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package: BETA Version

GODAN, Open Data for Development (OD4D) Network, Open Data Charter, and the Open Data Institute are pleased to announce the release of the Agricultural Open Data Package: BETA version. The release was officially announced by Andre Laperriere at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris on December 8, 2016. This briefing provides an introduction to the Package - its objectives, scope and content.

The Agriculture Open Data Package ( has been designed to help governments get to impact with open data in the agriculture sector. This practical resource provides key policy areas, key data categories, examples datasets, relevant interoperability initiatives, and use cases that policymakers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector or open data should focus on, in order to address food security challenges.

The Package is meant as a source of inspiration and an invitation to start a national open data for agriculture initiative.

In the Package we identify fourteen key categories of data and discuss the effort it will take for a government to make this data available in a meaningful way. The categories include:  

  • Pest and disease management

  • Production advice

  • Soil

  • Hydrology

  • Elevation

  • Meteorology

  • Markets

  • Infrastructure

  • Value chain

  • Land use and productivity

  • Rural projects

  • Government finance

  • Official records and regulations

The Package also highlights more than ten use cases (the number is growing) demonstrating how open data is being harnessed to address sustainable agriculture and food security around the world. Examples include:

  • mapping water points to optimise scarce resource allocation in Burkina Faso

  • surfacing daily price information on multiple food commodities across India

  • benchmarking agricultural productivity in the Netherlands

Where relevant we also highlight applicable interoperability initiatives, such as open contracting, international aid transparency initiative (IATI), and global product classification (GPC) standards.

We recognise that the agriculture sector is diverse, with many contextual differences affecting scope of activities, priorities and capacities. In the full version of the Agricultural Open Data Package we discuss important implementation considerations such as inter-agency coordination and resourcing to develop an appropriate data infrastructure and a healthy data ‘ecosystem’ for agriculture.

We invite policymakers, agriculture specialists and members of the open data community to:

  1. Add your comments on the beta version of the Agriculture Open Data Package (available at

  2. Adopt the International Open Data Charter. Become a champion of the Agriculture Open Data Package, and be involved in shaping future versions of the resource.

  3. Host national and local-level consultations to landscape your national agriculture data infrastructure, define your policy areas, and plan your open agriculture data strategy.

  4. Prioritise relevant government agriculture data for release based on the 14 recommended data categories and sample datasets contained within the Package.

  5. Contribute your use cases to the Package.

Send comments and use cases to Feedback on this document can also be made via the Open Data Charter Resource Centre. The GODAN Secretariat and network can provide support to governments that are working to put the package into practice and look forward to hearing from you.

For a quick overview of the what the AgPack is, check out:

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GODAN area: Food security, Value chain improvement
Keywords: Government data