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PUSH and Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

[PUSH Steering Committee member Brady Deaton, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Missouri-Columbia and BIFAD Chair, joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Open Data Institute (ODI) CEO Gavin Starks and moderator Huffington Post Senior Editor for Technology Alexander B. Howard for the Secretary’s Roundtable at the World Food Prize in Des Moines.]

PUSH has been very proud to have been asked to join the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), a multi-sector and international effort to advance the fight for a zero hunger world by making knowledge, best practices and data about agriculture and nutrition widely accessible. A rapidly growing group, GODAN currently includes over 160 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organizations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. And PUSH brings more than 80 universities to help build momentum – especially galvanizing students in this effort.

In October at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, PUSH Steering Committee member Brady Deaton joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and others at the Secretary’s Roundtable about how open data can contribute to the effort to solve hunger and malnutrition. A lively hour-long conversation included a virtual participant – ODI CEO Gavin Starks called in from his London headquarters – and many Twitter comments and questions were fielded. PUSH and UFWH members also participated via Tweets. Excerpts of this conversation were storified and can be found here.

One of the highlights of the event was the Secretary’s announcement of a call to action to assist the GODAN partnership in identifying and filling critical data gaps in agriculture and nutrition required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. This challenge is open to everyone and we hope that UFWH students will answer this exciting call to action.