Monthly Archives: June 2017

Tasting Smart Food delicacies at the booth with (far left) Kenya’s former Agriculture Secretary Dr Wilson Songa and his wife Josephine (far right) and Moses Siambi.

Supporting global efforts to make data on agriculture and nutrition available and accessible

With dignitaries at the 2017 GODAN Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Abraham Ali (Image works Africa)

With dignitaries at the 2017 GODAN Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Abraham Ali (AGRA)

I recently had the opportunity to be part of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) 2017 summit in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14-16 June. The monumental potential that data has to build resilience for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture was evident at this event hosted jointly by the Government of Kenya and the GODAN Secretariat.

Hon. Willy Bett, the Kenya Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, rightly said during a press conference at the summit: “In the climate change era where drought has become a new and constant reality, we cannot build resilience without the right type of data being available to inform the decisions we make. Only an evidence-based approach using credible data will help us transform our economies through agriculture.” Read more