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G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture


Open data is being used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to accelerate development.

At last year’s G8 Summit, leaders committed to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition—including an agreement to share relevant agricultural data available from G8 countries with African partners and convene an international conference on Open Data for Agriculture.

Taking place April 29-30 in Washington, DC, this conference brought together innovators, food security experts, data scientists, and policy makers from around the world to discuss the importance of open agricultural data to increased food security.

  • U.S. and private sector partners announced newly opened and accessible data sets.
  • Innovators presented solutions that demonstrate the potential impact of sharing data.
  • G8 and African countries devised action plans to open additional food security data and invest in projects that increase publicly and privately funded global agriculturally relevant data. This data will be accessible to the global public, including users in Africa, and will support a sustainable increase in food security in developed and developing countries.

What is commonly meant by “open data?” Open data is often referred to as the concept that information should be freely available to the public, without restriction or charge for its use by others.

In the food and agricultural realm, open data is an essential piece of finding the answers we’ll need to feed the world.


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Looking for more?

Visit the event website for more information

Read blog posts on #OpenAgData on

Read USDA and USAID press releases on the event

Read a Feed the Future blog post on open data

Read a White House OSTP blog post summarizing the event

Read a blog post on a new global open data initiative

Visit the website for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative

Updates: Day 1

Storify by USDA on Day 1

Press release from USDA on virtual community

Blog post from USAID on M-Farm and open agriculture data

Blog post from USDA reviewing day 1 of the conference

Press release from MCC announcing data release

Updates: Day 2

Storify by USDA on Day 2

Action plans for open data released today by the G8

Press release from USAID on new open data and tech tools

Press statement summarizing the event

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