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4 - 5 Of July 2018
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Impacting on Food and Nutrition Security Through Open Data
One of the greatest challenges facing Kenya today is how to meet the food and nutritional needs of a growing population projected to rise to around 85 million by 2050 . To feed this population, food production will need to increase by 85%percent. Today, according to the FAO approximately 36.5 per cent of the Kenyan population are food insecure while 35 per cent of children under five are stunted (chronically malnourished. According to Ministry of Health, “The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policy making in Kenya, where out of a total under-5 population of 7 million, 1.82 million children (26%) are suffering from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age). In addition, although malnutrition indicators are improving, it is estimated that from 2010–2030 under nutrition will cost Kenya approximately US$38.3 billion in GDP due to losses in workforce productivity.”
In our country, agriculture accounts for 25% of the GDP. Approximately 80% of the population is subsistence smallholder farmers who cultivate less than two hectares of land. Smallholder farmers grapple with many challenges, which include; limited access to information & skills, poor access to market and finance, inputs, poor agricultural linkages, weak policy, low productivity, vulnerability to adverse weather and climate change.
Within the government’s own policy blueprint, “The Big Four Agenda” and “Youth Agribusiness Strategy 2017-2021 the Agriculture sector is identified to play a significant role in transforming the economy and in creating employment opportunities for the youth. The problem of Youth Unemployment and Youth Underemployment is nationwide with 64% of the youth being unemployed. In Kenya, 65% of the country’s population is between the ages of 18-35 and the absence of a strong middle class to drive the economy and create job opportunities all affect the decisions that need to be made to deal with this problem.
Today, 54 years after independence, 50% of the population still lives in poverty with adverse effects being on youth and women. With 80% of the population living rurally with access to some land, the challenges of sustainable food and economic security can be positively impacted by driving Youth to Agriculture.
These indicators therefore call for holistic-approach in addressing the challenges facing smallholder farmers. A critical entry point would be addressing “Information Vacuum" in agriculture for efficient policy-making and coordination among the stakeholders. Data/information has become a key asset for agricultural transformation in Africa. The availability of timely, relevant, and reliable data on the agriculture sector is necessary for effective planning, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluation of agricultural policies and programmes at national and county level, to enhance the impact of field interventions. Farmers/ pastoralists/ fisher folks, extension officers, researchers, education establishments, agro-dealers, traders, transporters, processors, exporters, importers, regulatory agencies, distributors, financial service providers, development partners, NGOs, civil society organizations, need timely and reliable information to coordinate their activities, and make decisions that would help achieve the 100% food and nutrition security by 2022 of the Big Four Agenda and transform the food and agricultural sector of Kenya. Whereas in the past, a relatively small volume of analogue data was produced and made available through a limited number of channels, today massive amount of data is regularly generated from various sources, through different channels.
The phenomenon of ‘’big data’’ - where information comes from different sources ranging from connected devices to sensors and GPS - offers enormous potential to develop innovative products and services. Turning big data—call logs, mobile-banking transactions, online user-generated content, online searches, satellite images, etc.—into actionable information opens exciting opportunities. The growing role of ‘crowdsourcing’ and other “participatory sensing” efforts bringing together communities of practice through the use of mobile phones and other platforms including Internet, hand-held radio, and geospatial technologies present promising opportunities. Generating value at the different stages of the data value chain is at the centre of the knowledge economy. Improved and inclusive data setting, use and sharing will enhance evidence-based decision-making and improve the policies. To exploit the potential of open data, new partnerships are needed between policy-makers, researchers, farmers and the private sector.
In recognition of this, Agricultural Information Resource Centre with initial support of the FAO is organising a stakeholder workshop on 4th-5th July to consolidate initial efforts and frame modalities for creating and establishing an open data centre for the agriculture, livestock, fisheries and irrigation sector in Kenya.
To establish an open data management system to support attainment of 100% food and nutrition security through sustainable agricultural approaches
Specific Objectives of the Conference
• To establish a stakeholder network that will generate, process and share information on sustainable food and nutrition security
• Critical review of existing data management systems. (Identify gaps, what is in place and what is missing, overlaps, coordination , standardization- strengths, weaknesses, opportunities)
• Agree on a framework for establishing food and nutrition security open data management system
• Way forward: (Plans, targets with a time frame)
Who should attend?
The workshop is aimed at bringing together both suppliers and users of agricultural knowledge and information professionals from both the private and public sector with interest in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture:
• Government officials dealing with formulating and implementing agricultural, food and nutrition security, and trade policies.
• Producers and producer organizations/ associations, women and youth groups, etc.
• Agricultural research organizations, statistical agencies, and relevant academic institutions producing technologies, information and knowledge
• Service providers such as agencies engaged in extension and advisory services, financial institutions, insurance companies, transporters, mobile phone services, ICT platform solutions, market information services, business development services, etc.
• Agribusinesses dealing with farmers, including processors, exporters and importers, agro-dealers, etc.
• Representatives of national, regional and international organizations involved in funding and implementing agricultural development and enterprise projects.
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Dr. Isaiah Okeyo
Director of Agriculture Information Resource Centre
Dr. Gabriel Ragulema
FAO Country Representative
Information & Knowledge Management in Support of Food & Nutrition Security
Hon Mwangi Kiunjuri EGH
CS. Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation
Guest of Honour/ Opening Session
Demonstration of a data management system
Key Note Address
Safaricom Segments Manager
Mobile Based Systems
Dr. Christian Thine
University of Nairobi
Satellite, Remote Sensing and GIS Based Systems
Senior Ass. Director of
ICT Authority of Kenya
Open Data Source Framework