Since the 2007-2008 world food crisis, food security is back high on the development agenda with renewed public and private investment in agriculture. Fostering agricultural productivity, food security and nutrition are also central to the EU’s 2015-2022 development agenda. This requires a solid understanding of agriculture’s reality on the ground, and thus data and analysis, to establish baselines to track progress, to directly inform agricultural interventions and to shape effective food policies. Yet good quality data is largely unavailable and when it is, the capacity to use and analyze it is often limited.
A series of new data collection and compilation technologies and data initiatives, such as the LSMS-ISA household survey data initiative provides new but largely untapped opportunities to address this crippling void. Increased awareness of the existing voids in our knowledge as well as an appreciation of the critical possibilities the data revolution brings is needed. This can concretely contribute to foster a culture of evidence based policymaking and maximally leverage the scarce resources already available. Awareness generation is best achieved through demonstration i.e. demonstrating how clever manipulation of publicly available information can shift policy conversations as well as inform projects and policy interventions. While the dire state of Africa’s food and agricultural information base has been much discussed, the challenge remains enormous and many of the opportunities still largely untapped. It is key to keep this at the forefront of the EDD15 audience’s attention, also in light of the upcoming launch of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speakers will be selected to
1) Illustrate and demonstrate concrete applications
2) Include the different perspectives
a. data producers and analysts (private sector IT, statistical offices)
b. data users (policy makers, analysts, and private sector and farmers)
ILLUSTRATE HOW GOOD USE OF (AVAILABLE AND NEW) DATA CAN AFFECT THE FOOD POLICY DIALOGUE?
IS MONEY SPENT ON DATA COLLECTION? IS IT MONEY WELL SPENT?
HOW CAN LOCAL CAPACITY TO ANALYZE AND USE AVAILABLE FOOD SECURITY DATA BE ENHANCED IN AFRICA?