Kenya to host conference on agriculture, nutrition


More than 1,000 experts and ministers from across the globe will in mid June attend a conference on agriculture and nutrition to help transform agriculture to spur inclusive growth, a minister said Wednesday.

The meeting on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), an initiative that seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available for unrestricted use, will be held from June 14-16.

Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett said the conference will present an opportunity for the G77 and African Union member states to improve the informational aspects of agriculture and nutrition in fulfilling common visions of agricultural growth and transformation.

“We need to collaborate in increasing the supply, quality and build capacity for the use of data by all stakeholders in making open data work for agriculture and nutrition,” he said.

The conference theme that is “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in food and nutrition data” seeks to improve coordination of data for agriculture and nutrition across government, private sector, and academia in the global south.

Bett said the three-day conference will also help harmonize policies that improve collection, coordination, use, dissemination of agriculture and nutrition data and facilitate networking and showcase proven initiatives on open data for agricultural transformation.

“The conference will help bring new strategies in agriculture and nutrition in the continent,”Bett told a media briefing in Nairobi.

He noted that lack of institutional, national, and international policies and openness of data is to blame for the current lack of effective agricultural and nutritional data from research and innovation.

Bett said that data is the ingredient to provide credible information in the transformation of the agriculture and nutrition sub sector since Africa is already lagging behind as the rest of the world is moving towards predictive analysis.

“Climate change, drought and pest and disease problems that are bedeviling agriculture in the sub-Saharan African (SSA) can only are managed well with accurate data,” Bett said.

GODAN contends that open access to research and open publication of data are vital resources for food security and nutrition, driven by farmers, farmer organizations, researchers, extension experts, policy makers and governments. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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