KNOWLEDGE AND DATA
Achieving Food and Nutrition Security through Open Access Data
Indira Yerramareddy and Suresh Chandra Babu
- Open data can improve the performance of food systems and help achieve global food and nutrition security.
- Accessible data are critical for decision making, from the farm to the retail level of food systems.
- Open data increase both the visibility and utility of research, allowing researchers to create more knowledge products and support decision making.
- Open data allow governments to make evidence-based policy decisions and push governments toward increased accountability.
- Data quality and ease of use are essential for putting data to use, but datasets are often too large or complex to be easily handled.
- Inequality in access to knowledge is increasing. Data policies, commitments, and investments can improve access to and use of knowledge, but current commitment and action on open data are uneven.
- Democratize data access and improve livelihoods by putting data tools, such as cell phone apps, into farmers’ hands.
- Increase the efficiency of knowledge transfers to prevent loss of information and ensure uptake in the field.
- Make government “big data” public to drive high-quality analysis of food systems and better policy and decision making.
- Build open data initiatives, including to reduce inequality and address issues of data quality, use, storage, and dissemination.
- Increase data quality and ease of use through better data collection, new tools, working groups, capacity building, and improvements in big data platforms.
- Empower citizen stakeholders to demand open data through capacity building and access to data tools.