The role of open data in agri-food

Written by Chris Chiotis

8 months ago

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Universal access to a robust data ecosystem, development and improvement of agricultural and production practices will enable farmers to accurately plant more crops and produce better quality products.

To achieve the goal of eliminating global hunger and reducing nutritional risks [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)], governments and agencies are looking for ways and solutions to open data to help the rapid development of agri-food.

The Open Data weapon against the threat of climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time. With floods, extensive and intense periods of drought and mass migration, the agri-food sector is under increasing pressure.

Access to more and more and better data allows farmers, entrepreneurs and government agencies to monitor, for example, changes in temperature, deforestation and changes in the biodiversity of areas. By studying all this data, they can better understand the necessary actions and have the opportunity for better and faster decisions.

Over time, they will be able to create a more sustainable and efficient agricultural model, which will be much more environmentally friendly.

Pest and disease management

Exchanging real-time information about pests and diseases among farmers can prevent further spread, saving crops, reducing financial losses and environmental damage.

However, information about pests and diseases can be considered sensitive due to commercial and export impacts.

Access to this information means that farmers are only likely to use pesticides only when there is a real threat, saving money and not unnecessarily burdening the environment. Immediate action when a disease or epidemic occurs can prevent serious crop loss and stop the spread of the problem.

Strengthen innovative solutions

Understanding open data will create a platform that will enable anyone to look for new and interesting ways to help improve agriculture. This can take the form of new technologies, better cultivation methods or even new cultivation methods.

Economic prosperity

Open data can act as a lever for economic growth. They reveal opportunities for businesses in the industry, both large and small, to create new services, identify more cost-effective methods, and improve their operations.

With access to accurate information, farmers are able to maximize crop yields and this, in turn, will boost a country’s exports.
Increase security

With more than 500 million children malnourished, nutrition is a growing global problem. Quality, comparable and timely nutrition data are vital to guiding government intervention, improving existing initiatives and achieving the SDO 2030’s goals of eliminating hunger and malnutrition.

Universal access to a robust data ecosystem, development and improvement of agricultural and production practices will enable farmers to accurately plant more crops and produce better quality products.

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