This Food, Agriculture, and Rural Community establishes a unified point of access to data and statistics, and tools to identify relevant data sets. Providing researchers and other users of data and statistics with authoritative, high quality sources will realize greater benefits from public research, help to coordinate effort and reduce duplication in scientific investigation, and reveal new connections for innovative uses. It is hoped that this community will foster the development of new applications and tools to improve agricultural production, human health and nutrition, environmental benefits, and global food security and poverty reduction. This approach is complimentary to and in parallel with the role of science and statistical agencies that provide accurate, authoritative estimates of activities related to food and agriculture, and efforts to harmonize data and statistics with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other international organizations.
We welcome new collaborators! There are many ways to connect:
- Join the community to stay informed
- Contribute ideas for official, authoritative data
- If you represent a US government agency, find out how to contribute here
- Attend an event
Specific resources are also available for:
- Researchers(Land Use/Cover, Natural Resource data, Rural demographics, more)
- Consumers (Nutrition/Food Safety)
- International (Global Food Security/International Development)
- Students and Educators (Land Grant Universities/Cooperative Extension Service/Beginning Farmers)
- Farmers (Pricing data/Production data/Conservation/regional scopes/Cooperative Extension and extension network)
- Tech Developers (high priority, dynamic data sets)
- Local and Regional (Farmers markets, food hubs, meat processing plants, Know Your Farmer)
BREAD Ideas Challenge-National Science Foundation
The BREAD Ideas Challenge is an opportunity for researchers in the agricultural sciences to bring attention to what they believe are the most pressing issues facing smallholder farmers in the developing world today. Not only will the prizewinning Challenge Ideas be showcased for the international community to draw attention to these important challenges, but prizewinners will also receive up to $10,000 for each of the best ideas!