Nearly 800 million people struggle with debilitating hunger and malnutrition in every corner of the globe.

That’s one in every nine people, with the majority being women and children. We are convinced that the solution to Zero Hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data.

The GODAN Summit brought together world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others – public, private and non-profit united around a collaboration on agriculture and nutrition data openness.

The GODAN Summit was the largest event ever planned for open data in agriculture and nutrition. The goals of the Summit illustrated the opening, the use, and the importance of agriculture and nutrition data.

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The Summit brought world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others united around a collaboration on agriculture and nutrition data openness. Please see just a few of the Summit speakers below.

Novartis Foundation


Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
Cabinet Secretary


President, BLE


Global Partnerships Forum
CEO, GODAN Summit Master of Ceremonies


Director General


University of California
Vice President


Global Head of External Affairs

Sarah Hull


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights


United Nations
Secretary General





New Cities Foundation
Founder and Chairman


United Nations
Senior Advisor


Royal DSM
Board Member


Open Data Institute


ONE Campaign
Policy Director, Agriculture and Inclusive Growth


United States of America
Secretary of Agriculture, USDA




During the GODAN Summit 2016 on September 15-16, 2016, GODAN hosted a continuous 24-hours Open Data Maker’s Hackathon, bringing together software and agricultural innovators to create the beginnings of practical solutions that allow for better utilizing, collecting, and/or making more accessible open data to improve our food system.

The GODAN Hackathon was powered by Thought for Food and PUSH (Presidents United for Hunger) and was launched at the same time as the GODAN Challenge (16th June). The hackathon was designed to provide:

  • A practical demonstration of the energy and innovative potential of young innovators (19-26 year olds) at the GODAN Summit.

  • An opportunity for students and young entrepreneurs local to the Summit to develop products and services and expand their skills whilst potentially winning an opportunity to participate in the next phase of the GODAN Open Data Challenge.

The Hackathon attracted a great deal of interest and over 160 people completed the initial expression of interest form. Eventually, 34 people attended the 36 hour event and worked in 8 teams to develop products and services that responded to the following challenge questions (repeated from Track B in the GODAN Challenge):

How might we better utilize, collect, and/or access open data to improve our food system and our chances at food security and respond to one of the following challenges:

1.     Improve Growing Plant Innovations: Using open data to improve how and where we grow our food.

2.     Empower the Crowd: Using open data to improve how we leverage the crowd’s actions and knowledge to create a better food system.

3.     Improve Nutrition and Health: Using open data to improve how we track, make available, and improve nutrition in our daily diets.

4.     Deliver Climate Smart Agriculture: Using open data to improve agriculture’s resilience in the face of a changing climate.

5.     Meet the Protein Frontier: Using open data to improve how we address the growing demand for protein, and the opportunity for more sustainable and alternative proteins.

The 3 finalists that were selected by our 4 volunteer judges are:

  1. Farm Trade – Creates and sustains an online marketplace for biofortified crops, enabling a more fair marketplace based on nutritional quality and not just yield. They would both collect data from farmers to share with the marketplace about what biofortified crops are grown when, where, and of what quality. Making this data available is key to build this marketplace.

  2. contemPLATE - provides insight, transparency and social responsibility through Open Data from USDA, FAO, WFP data sets; offers a web application that allows users to query restaurants and search through menu list. They would use open menu data, and through learning from the user, gain more information about healthy food options.

  3. FarmConnecT - provides an ICT solution for farmers to improve, facilitate and manage farming, in addition to a platform to connect agronomists and agricultural experts with farmers. This project aims to take off in India, working with small scale farmers initially, and then moving into larger farms. They would use open market data around prices to help get farmers the best prices possible.

All three finalists have elected to participate in the GODAN Mentoring program and will join the Challenge Finalists in the race for the overall $5,000 prize which will be awarded in 2017.



Sign the petition to call on governments, the private sector, and civil society to provide open data on agriculture and nutrition to end world hunger!

Join the Open Data Revolution to end global hunger.

Nearly 800 million people struggle with debilitating hunger and malnutrition in every corner of the globe. That’s one in every nine people, with the majority being women and children.

With open data, a mother in Malawi can choose seeds for a plentiful harvest to feed her hungry family, a farmer in the United States can make their soil nutrient­-rich again, and a smallholder farmer in Tanzania will know market conditions to get more money for their harvest.

We are convinced that the solution to eliminating hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative is committed to closing this unacceptable hunger gap by making agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and useable to everyone.

This data, now locked and unseen in government, private sector and civil society datasets, needs to be identified and made open and available.

We call on you to support this global action to get every government, non­-governmental, international and private sector organization to make agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and usable.

Farmers, farmer organizations, researchers, extension experts, policy makers, governments, and other private sector and civil society stakeholders are all involved in building a food secure world.


Blog Updates


July 21, 2016

GODAN Summit 2016 is the first global conference that discusses the role of open data for agriculture and nutrition; the role of open data in addressing long-standing issues. At the GODAN Summit academics, researchers and open data practitioners will have the opportunity to discuss their latest findings. Topics to address in our research symposium should cover […]


July 21, 2016

Open data is one of the most versatile and diverse raw materials of the 21st century. However, many people are currently unaware of the potential of open data and how to use it to overcome the world’s grand challenges. This blog provides an introduction to open data and highlights an opportunity to win $5,000 to […]


July 21, 2016

Does your organization produce data that is of value to those working to achieve a food secure future?  If so, GODAN and Project 8 invite you to make this data available in the Project 8 platform ahead of Summit 2016. What is Project 8? Project 8 is a professional social network built around data.  On […]


July 18, 2016

A request for proposals to participate in an EXHIBIT HALL at GODAN Summit 2016 are now being accepted, illustrating the opening of data, the use of open data, and the importance of open data  This request for proposals is for interested participants in an EXHIBIT HALL that will take place on September 15-16, 2016, during GODAN Summit […]


July 14, 2016

GODAN is proud to announce a new Hackathon event that will take place at GODAN Summit 2016, happening in New York City, NY September 15-16, 2016. Please visit the Hackathon page to learn more!


July 12, 2016

GODAN is excited to announce the GODAN Open Data Challenge. The GODAN Open Data Challenge seeks individuals who can articulate and/or create practical solutions that will contribute to the open data infrastructure while solving specific challenges in agriculture and nutrition. We invite everyone – from students to professors and government officials to business people – […]

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