GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security.  It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose.  The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and businesses.  GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.

When did this initiative launch?

The GODAN initiative was announced at the Open Government Partnership Conference in October 2013 following 2012 G8 discussions.  See the video of the launch here.  Participants made commitments to Open Data for Agriculture at the International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture in Washington D.C.. Subsequently the Governments of the United States and United Kingdom partnered to form this global initiative.

Which organizations can join GODAN?

Any organization that supports open access to agriculture and nutrition data. Our partners include government, donors, international and not-for-profit organizations and businesses.

How do I learn more?

See our Statement of Purpose page. We created a Theory of Change that is a living document and will continue to be subject to discussion. Contact us to find out more about how your organization can get involved in this growing network comms@godan.info or fill in the online form.

What does it mean to be a partner?

GODAN partners support the shared principles based on GODAN’s Statement of Purpose

  • Agricultural and nutritional data to be available, accessible, usable and unrestricted
  • Partners aim to build high level policy and private sector support for open data
  • Encourage collaboration and cooperation across existing agriculture, nutrition and open data activities and stakeholders to solve long-standing global problems
  • GODAN partners commit to:

    • Host regular conversations with our peer multilateral and local organisations to identify and share best practices and determine how to more effectively share data and provide useable analysis for local application
    • Recruit new partners to GODAN

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The GODAN Secretariat

GODAN is supported by a small secretariat hosted by CABI in Wallingford, UK. You can contact the Secretariat team at – enquiries@godan.info GODAN activities and its Secretariat are financially supported by the US Government, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of the Netherlands, FAO, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural  Cooperation (CTA), GFAR, The Open Data Institute (ODI), the CGIAR and CABI. Full details of how GODAN Secretariat if funded and how funding is used can be found here.

GODAN Governance

At the GODAN Donor Meeting in January 2015 it was agreed that during the inception phase the GODAN Secretariat would be governed by a group of GODAN partners who have committed to provide funds or in-kind contributions to support the set up and on-going running of the Secretariat. Currently, those partners are: the US Government, the UK’s DFID, the Netherlands Government, the Open Data Institute, FAO, CTA, CABI, CGIAR and GFAR. Donor meetings will be chaired by Dr. Cathie Woteki, USDA’s Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Jaime Adams from the Office of the Chief Scientist will be the main point of contact between the Donor Group and the Secretariat. Governance and partner representation will be reviewed at the end of 2015.