Dear colleagues,

Nearly 800 million people struggle with hunger worldwide. We have the 
knowledge, the tools and the data to lower this figure to 0 - but this can only 
happen if everyone has equal access to data. Access to research and data is 
crucial to feeding the world's hungry. World leaders and the brightest minds in 
agriculture and data are currently in New York for the GODAN Summit 2016 to 
make agricultural and nutrition data free for farmers around the world.

The largest-ever event dedicated to open data and agriculture, the GODAN summit 
will take place on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The aim 
will be to urge world leaders to open their national datasets on agriculture 
and nutrition to help bring hunger around the world to an end. Experts from 
around the world have gathered to discuss opening vital data on agriculture and 
nutrition to millions who don't have access. We are convinced that the solution 
to eliminating hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture 
and nutrition data.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative is 
committed to closing this unacceptable hunger gap by making agriculture and 
nutrition data available, accessible and useable to everyone. Portions of the 
event will be LIVE webcast.  So those interested can watch . Details are at the 
GODAN Summit 2016 website   Videos from the event will 
be posted on the GODAN YouTube Channel.

We need your help to help farmers get the data they need and help end hunger. 
We call on you to support this global action to get every government, 
nonĀ­-governmental, international and private sector organization to make 
agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and usable.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)  initiative was announced in 2013 and aims to bring 
countries together to harness the massive amounts of data to solve hunger 
problems, benefit farmers, and address consumer health issues. GODAN seeks to 
support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data 
available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide. By empowering 
stakeholders and world leaders to enable action, GODAN works to unlock the data 
necessary to solve the challenge of global food insecurity.

Make your voice heard at

I will be sharing Geo4All ideas on the importance of Openness in research at 
the GODAN Summit  tomorrow (16 Sep at 1:30 local time). Details at

I look forward to your active support.

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand

Geo for All - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

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