Nairobi, Kenya, August 20th, 2019…Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) a not-for-profit action-oriented think tank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). Through their collaboration, the two organisations will work to strengthen the availability, use and sharing of open data as part of the evidence useful in efforts to improve food and nutrition security in Africa.
The collaboration will include carrying out research and advocacy to influence increased access to open data in agriculture and nutrition, co-convening workshops and events designed to build capacity in African governments and strengthening open data ecosystems to support African Union countries in making evidence-informed decisions to boost food and nutrition security.
“We are delighted to sign this MOU with GODAN to ensure that we are able to support the efforts of African governments in making evidence-informed policies in agriculture and nutrition driven by open data,” said Muchiri Nyaggah, Chief Executive Officer of LDRI.
According to the MOU, LDRI and GODAN shall design and implement projects and programs to strengthen evidence-informed decision making to ensure that African governments and their smallholder farmers can boost productivity and strengthen food and nutrition security. The partnership shall support efforts to provide an enabling environment, build capacity through human capital development initiatives in governments and secure sustainable financing for open data for development in Africa.
Since its founding in 2015, the Local Development Research Institute ( LDRI) has been supporting governments and other key stakeholders in strengthening the Africa data ecosystem to end extreme poverty, hunger and to reduce gender inequalities in Africa. LDRI has been at the forefront of the continent’s development agenda through multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholders through data for development and evidenced informed decision making. www.developlocal.org
GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 966 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations. www.godan.info
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