When it comes to agriculture and food security, data is one of the most important commodities in the world. The collection and interpretation of data sets on everything from crop prices, to weather and climate patterns, to genetic breakthroughs on crops and livestock underpin much of Feed the Future’s work to fight hunger and poverty through groundbreaking research, innovation and partnership.
But if we want to see real progress on food security and nutrition at a global scale, it’s not enough for just a few researchers or institutions to work with data. The real power of data is only realized when it is made widely available to users around the world, including farmers, consumers, policymakers and scientists. Making data broadly accessible allows for better decision-making and breaks down barriers between the communities and stakeholders that are most critical to ending hunger. The resulting collaborations also spur innovation and drive economic growth.