Welcome to the Food, Agriculture, and Rural community!
This community welcomes farmers, researchers, data analysts, businesses and governments interested in food, agriculture and rural data that address a number of pressing social, economic, and environmental concerns. Join us here to find data and statistics that can help inform investment and policy strategies related to agricultural production, global food security, poverty, nutrition and human health, natural resources and environmental issues, rural development, local and regional food systems and many other issues.
Agricultural and Rural Statistics
This website is supported by the Interagency Council on Agricultural and Rural Statistics (ICARS). ICARS is the effort of the US federal government’s statistical agencies in support of the “Global Strategy to Improve Agriculture and Rural Statistics” which was developed under the United Nations Statistical Commission. The impetus for the Global Strategy was the recognition that agriculture and rural statistics are declining across the globe at the same time as new data requirements are emerging.
ICARS brings together experts from economic, demographic, environmental and agricultural statistical agencies and from natural resource agencies to improve the coordination and production of national statistics related to agriculture, food, natural resource and rural data.
G8 Open Data for Agriculture
At the Camp David Summit in 2012, G-8 and African leaders committed to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In partnership with Africa’s people and leaders, the goals are to increase responsible domestic and foreign private investments in African agriculture, take innovations that can enhance agricultural productivity to scale, and reduce the risk borne by vulnerable economies and communities. This community and the G-8 international conference on Open Data for Agriculture fulfill the commitment to share relevant agricultural data taking into account existing data systems, and seeks to develop options for the establishment of global platforms to make reliable agricultural and related information available to African farmers, researchers and policymakers. Find resources on Plant Genomics and Genetics from conference presenters here.
About this Site
This site is a centralized federal resource for Food, Agriculture and Rural data. Here you will find hundreds of government datasets that can help enable research, tools and decision making to improve food security; apps that demonstrate the power of open data for agriculture; tools for app developers; and events and opportunities to collaborate to learn more about Food, Agriculture and Rural data and issues.