GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Action Training Mini Grants are targeted at dynamic trainers with demonstrable experience who would like to help build the capacity and diversity of open data users and intermediaries, leading to increased understanding and the more effective use of open data in tackling key agriculture and nutrition challenges. The grants will be provided to fund up to eight (8) winning training workshop proposals of GBP2,000. Workshops to be conducted within three months from contract date.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Action project is a three-year project to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), GODAN Action is led by Wageningen Environmental Research together with the Open Data Institute (ODI) and international partners including: AgroKnow, AidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

GODAN Action supports data users, producers and intermediaries to effectively engage with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. The project works along three focal areas:

  • Standards – Enhancing data standards and promoting best practice in the management and sharing of data.
  • Research – Identifying and improving tools and methods for assessing the impact of open data use in the sector.
  • Capacity – Building the capacity and diversity of open data users, leading to more effective use of data by key stakeholders in tackling agriculture and nutrition challenges.

The activities undertaken in each of the focal areas will be connected through a shared focus on a series of three thematic topics. These themes will target distinct communities of stakeholders working actively in different areas of the wider agriculture and nutrition sector.

The three selected themes are as follows:

Theme 1 – Weather Data

Weather data and services derived from weather data have a high potential to enhance support for smallholder farmers in taking operational decisions on farm management.
This theme will explore the potential for open data approaches to enhance the use and reach of weather data and support the development of innovative farm management advice services by intermediaries such as extension workers, service providers and farmers unions.

Possible interventions include:

  • Encouraging release of weather data as open data to stimulate intermediaries to develop farm management services. In practice, this might mean advocacy and capacity support to national governments to release weather data as open data.
  • Supporting co-development of farm management services by improving the capabilities of intermediaries to work with available weather data and to collaborate with data providers

Theme 2 – Nutrition Data

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) acts as an intermediary, providing data on malnutrition to multiple stakeholders from international agencies to governments and civil society. The release of data on efforts to tackle malnutrition as open data by intermediaries is intended to guide action, build accountability and support advocacy for increased commitment towards reducing malnutrition by governments.

Possible interventions include:

  • Supporting civil society organisations, advocacy groups, the media and governments themselves to access, use and present that data in engaging, relevant and timely ways will improve its effectiveness in targeting policies and programmes to address malnutrition.
  • Support the producers of data on malnutrition to publish data as open data and adopt standard approaches to how that data is collected, organised and shared. This will improve its utility and potential to benefit efforts to tackle malnutrition.

Theme 3 – Land Data

Access to good quality data on land governance, land rights and related issue is crucial to the process of developing more accountable, improved and transparent land governance systems globally. This theme will explore the potential of open data to improve sustainable land use planning, to facilitate access to justice, to address rural employment through and to build collective bargaining potential among farmers and the organizations that represent them.

Possible interventions include:

  • Improving the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively use open land-related data.
  • Improving the capacity of organizations and institutions to publish land-related data and information as open data.

CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It facilitates access to information and knowledge; supports evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development of  agricultural policies  and  strategies; promotes inclusive value chain development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); and strengthens the capacities of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.

CTA’s role in the project is to lead the Capacity Development Work Package which involves: (1) building sustainable communities of practice; (2) producing and customising open data training materials for the delivery of workshops; and (3) supporting the creation of an open data learning repository to create awareness and maximise the use of open data within a diverse group of stakeholders. The current ‘call for proposals’ falls within the category of supporting the delivery of workshops.

For information on the grants, eligibility and application instructions, visit the GODAN website

Expiry date: Monday, 7 May, 2018
Institution: GODAN