[CODATA-international] Inviting ideas for expanding joint research with Universities

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sat Mar 7 17:19:36 EST 2020

Dear colleagues,

Currently, nearly 800 million people struggle with debilitating hunger and malnutrition and can be found in every corner of the globe. That's one in every nine people, with the majority being women and children. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (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. A core principle behind GODAN is that a solution to Zero Hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data.

GODAN is committed to jointly work with universities around the world for implementing innovations that help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 - ending global hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and sustainable agriculture by 2030. As leaders in creating and curating knowledge and data, universities are natural partners in this global effort. For example, PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger)<http://wp.auburn.edu/push/> is a consortium of universities from around the world that have the collective mission to end hunger and poverty. Presidents who have signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security<http://wp.auburn.edu/push/?page_id=61> have agreed to make food and nutrition security a priority on their campus. Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH)   and Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) 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.Details at https://wp.auburn.edu/push/?page_id=435

I am keen to expand our research with universities. For example, The University of Nottingham has announced a partnership with GODAN to accelerate research to improve global food security. Details at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/new-partnership-to-accelerate-food-security-research

I welcome your ideas for expanding GODAN’s research with universities.

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand

Chief Scientist

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition


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