MAKE DATA AVAILABLE TO AID FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA.

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MAKE DATA AVAILABLE TO AID FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA.
Effective use and sharing of reliable agricultural data could transform farming in Africa. According to experts, available of data remains largely inaccessible to players along the agriculture value chains such as farmers, processors, traders, and consumers.
The UN food and agriculture organisation estimates that world population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050, and to feed that number of people, the agricultural sector will need to grow by 70 percent to avoid food insecurity.
While acknowledging that resources are not the only solution for the challenges in agriculture, data remains a practicable investment for food and human security. There is a need for Africa countries to understand the potential value of data, and let entrepreneurs use it to help create the tools necessary to empower citizens for innovative agricultural transformation. Data could be useful in supporting climate smart’ agriculture in areas such as weather patterns, market demand, and soil profiles which are not easily available to farmers and extension service personnel.
“ Dibyakanla Nayak, a manager at reliance foundation India, says that the continent needs to create platforms and capacity for farmers to use open data to understand what crops grows best where, what prices can be expected after harvest, or how best to adapt to weather changes, tackle diseases and other challenges.”
There is a need for commitment and action from nations and relevant institution to promote policies and investment in projects that open access to the general public agricultural relevant data streams, making such data readily accessible to users in Africa and worldwide.

Written by: Ahmed Ribah

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