It is essential that your Open Data Maker’s challenge entry uses open data and that your Policy challenge entry demonstrates a clear understanding of open data availability and infrastructure. To help you locate and understand relevant open data, we have pulled together some resources that you may want to consider:


The main source of agricultural, forestry and fisheries data is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The World Resources Institute provides data in its data base and the World Bank also provides limited agricultural data online.


  1. FAO -- FAO provides free access to its database FAOstat at This data base is divided into 11 main categories-- Production, Trade, Food Supply, Commodity Balance, Food Balance Sheet, Prices, Resources, Population, Emissions Agriculture, Investment and Forestlry-- combining a total of 34 data bases. Data is available by country and region, for plant and animal products. In addition FAO provides a report food price indexes at On the lower part of the page is a section for the data can be downloaded with monthly time-series data starting in January 1990 as a spreadsheet.
    • For further information on downloading FAO click here.
  2. World Bank -- The World Bank provides agricultural data in time series on its World Development Indicators data base. You can get the data for the latest year for a single country from links on .
  3. United Nations -- Data on the agricultural indicators related to the Millennium Development Goals is available at
  4. Syngenta Good Growth Plan Progress Data - annual progress data against six Good Growth Plan Commitments. Includes detailed data, definitions and licencing information in accordance with the best data practices.
  5. This blog from the Open Data Institute introduces a crowdsourced list that was developed in January 2016 to highlight valuable data for nutrition and agriculture.
  6. Gapminder -- Gapminder is an innovative data presentation web site which provides dynamic views of data changes over time using bubble graphs. Graphs are available for economic, population, health (including HIV/AIDS), environmental, agricultural and information technology data. Raw data can be downloaded from the site and a desktop version of the software is available free. Users can customize graphs using existing data, but cannot add new data. Much of the data used is from the World Bank and UN organizations. Gapminder is at .
  7. National Statistical Offices -- A list of links prepared by the United Nations to the websites of National Statistical Offices and other providers of statistics at the individual country level is available at
  8. The UK Open Data Challenge Series produced a data guide and data quality assessment which ranked UK open data relating to agriculture and nutrition.

Open Data Portals

A portal provides, via a metadata catalogue, a single point of access to data:

Food Aid

  • WFP-- The Food AID Information System (FAIS) makes extensive data available on world food aid. FAIS is at .

Animal Nutrition


Food and Nutrition

  • For food and nutrition links in this web site click here.


Open Data performance monitor tools:


  • In this paper, the Open Data Institute worked in collaboration with GODAN to explore the opportunities for using open data for more effective decision making, innovation and transparency.
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