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DFID Research: Data trends and sustainable agriculture

A new survey identifies emerging trends in data needed for sustainable agriculture in Africa

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Conservation agriculture in Malawi. Picture: T. Samson/ CIMMYT
Conservation agriculture in Malawi. Picture: T. Samson/ CIMMYT

Now available for download: A survey and analysis of the data requirements for stakeholders in African agriculture.

This 22 page report examines the alignment of stakeholders’ perceived data needs with areas of decision uncertainty. Analysis of results from 281 stakeholders offers insights and recommendations of special interest to project planners, managers and data specialists.

Initial findings of the survey were presented at the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture, held in Washington, DC from 29-30 April 2013 as part of an initiative that aims to “develop options for the establishment of a global platform to make reliable agricultural and related information available to African farmers, researchers and policymakers, taking into account existing agricultural data systems.”

This report was produced as part of DFID’s contribution to the G8 initiative on Open Data for Agriculture, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on behalf of the CGIAR Program on Water, Land & Ecosystems, in partnership with Hubbard Decision Research.

The paper is available for download from DFID’s R4D site here A review of the paper can be found here

Published 7 October 2013