What is GODAN?

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 more than 700 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organizations. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business and raising the profile of the value of open data. Interested in becoming a GODAN partner? Learn more here!

What is open data?

Open data is an online resource that makes mass quantities of information available to the public, legally and without limit. In the past several years, relief organizations, policy makers, and agricultural institutions, and front-line hunger and nutrition fighters have begun to utilize this data to make more informed decisions, improving efficiency and effectiveness in all fields.


Why partner?

As leaders in creating and curating knowledge and data, universities are natural partners in this global effort. Land grant universities, many of which are part of PUSH, have already been sharing their knowledge and best practices in the areas of agriculture and nutrition. PUSH and UFWH (Universities Fighting World Hunger) want to help highlight the importance of open data as a resource for ending world hunger. By involving universities and students in this pursuit of open data collection and analysis, PUSH and UFWH are encouraging both academics and future leaders to search for innovative ways to combat hunger on a global scale.

GODAN Summit 2016

In 2015, PUSH was invited by the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) to be one of five organizations (including the governments of the United States, Great Britain, Kenya and the ONE Campaign) to plan the 2016 GODAN Summit. This historic event, which took place September 15-16 in New York City brought together more than 1,000 leaders in all fields to outline how making agriculture and nutrition data available and accessible can greatly accelerate the goal of a zero hunger world.Attendees met to discuss, brainstorm, and share their knowledge of open data with the hope of educating and collaborating with others who share these priorities. The event culminated in a High Level Forum in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations.

Learn more about this event here.


Check out PUSH’s Storify of the Summit!

Thanks to all of our PUSH schools who came to the Summit:

  • Auburn University
  • Cornell University
  • Darkota Wesleyan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Texas A&M
  • Tufts University
  • University of Albany-SUNY
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California-system
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Illinois-system
  • University of Missouri-system
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln