[CODATA-international] Women and Digitalization in Agriculture : Overcoming the Data Divide

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Mar 3 14:09:14 EST 2021

Dear colleagues,

In celebration of International Women's Day 2021 and Open Data Day 2021,  Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and Unique Mappers Team (one of the key GeoForAll labs in Africa) are teaming up to bring you an event bringing together these two topics and exploring gender equality in data technologies in West Africa.

Despite women making up around 50% of the agricultural workforce in the ACP region, the gender gap in relation to access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) continues to grow, making it particularly difficult for women to access important information, financial products and markets.

The digital transformation of the agricultural sector, through the proliferation of digital technologies, tools and services has only served to exacerbate preexisting inequalities. While challenges such as access to education, access to financial services, connectivity, availability of electricity and cost of essential services only serve to widen the gender data gap.

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) has been strongly supporting capacity development for  women small holder farmers worldwide.  In 2020 , GODAN organised a webinar with speakers from GODAN, LandPortal Foundation and UniqueMappersTeam to share ideas on  Empowering Women for Open Data Mapping in Agriculture: Implications for Land Rights and the SDGs in Africa.

Details at https://landportal.org/blog-post/2020/05/empowering-women-open-data-mapping-agriculture-implications-land-rights-and-sdgs


The work that UniqueMappersTeam are doing for SDG2 and  women smallholder farmers land rights is very important for  Zero Hunger and SDG aims.  UniqueMappersTeam have contributed to the “GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” aims https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/geoforall-miniconference-at-world-commons-week-2019/

Empowerment of women would not only empower individuals, increasing their earnings; but would also serve to empower families and entire farming communities, and partnership is a key factor to effectuating that change.

Please register for the webinars on both days (6th March and 8th March) at


I am grateful to millions of women small holder farmers from all over the world for their contributions for Zero Hunger Aim.

Best wishes,


Dr Suchith Anand

Chief Scientist

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition


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