GODAN's Kiringai Kamau has been requested to participate in an Agricultural Data Sub-Committee, which supports implementation of both the Big 4 Agenda announced by President Kenyatta and the Nairobi Declaration on Building Resilience on Food Security and Nutrition through Open Data. The Sub-Committee was formed during a planning meeting for the Agriculture Devolution Conference held on 10 January, 2019. The inaugural meeting of the Sub-Comittee was held yesterday, on 15 January, 2019. The main functions of the Committee are to to assist the Council of Governors to strengthen the institutional capacities of counties, and collate data on the status of the Big 4 Agenda on Food and Nutrition Security ahead of the Conference.
The Nairobi Declaration is historic in that it is the first ministerial-level network to focus solely on Open Data for agriculture and nutrition. The declaration was agreed at the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition on its closing day, alongside the 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition which took place between 14-16th June in Nairobi.
The Kenyan Ministry for Fisheries, Agriculture and Irrigation (MoALF&I), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the Council of Governors, and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative (represented by Kiringai Kamau), have all been asked to participate in the venture, a sub-committee of the Council of Governors' Agriculture and Youth Committee. The Standing Committee will serve to strengthen the agricultural data agenda at the county level, something that KNBS, GODAN and the FAO have long been pushing for. The Committee will provide agricultural data over the coming weeks that will provide the groundwork for agricultural statistics, forming the basis for future discussions on the topic.
FAO representative Anne Chele supported GODAN's position that the joint effort of FAO, AGRA and GODAN will explore ways to deepen the sectoral engagement and empowerment of the government at national and regional level to create the impact desired by the Agricultural Pillar of the Big 4 Agenda.
The Standard Group, founders of the first agricultural television station, ktn Farmers TV, who also own The Standard - one of Kenya's largest newspapers - and run the Kenya Television Network (KTN), Radio Maisha, The Nairobian (a weekly tabloid) and the online platform Standard Digital, have shown interest in backing GODAN's efforts to support a formalised organisational framework for data.