Information is Power: How science, innovation, and open source data can transform the global fight against hunger and poverty

Posted by on April 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments »

At today’s Chicago Council on Global Affairs luncheon, Dr. Margaret Zeigler said that the challenges of food security and poverty is a deeply personal one for her. She went on to say,

“I know it is also deeply personal for a number of people here. The private-sector members of the Global Harvest Initiative are committed to serving as sources of knowledge, innovation, and farmer support in both the developed and developing world.”

“GHI is focused on the need for growth in productivity. GHI’s 2013 Global Agricultural Productivity Report projected that only 13 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s food needs will be met in 2050 at current rates of productivity growth.”

“The demand for information is high: Demand is high for information on when to plant and when to harvest, weather forecasting, and better animal care practices and technology.”

“Data quality is often a problem alongside data quantity. Data for how many animals and how many hectares of crops are being produced is inconsistent. Data for the number of hectares planted versus the number harvested and the number of hectares under irrigation is vital information that is often missing.”

“The private sector is in touch with their customers, smallholder farmers in developing countries through large-scale farm operations in the United States, in order to provide products and services that are relevant to those customers.”

Dr Zeigler G-8 Open Ag Data

 

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