If you do not know where your next meal will come from, it is hard to think about much else. 795 million people face this reality every day, even though there is enough food in the world for everyone.

Data can help farmers predict when to plant and harvest their crops and help them get a fair price for their produce. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Colombian Rice Growers Federation created a computer model using data on crop growth and weather patterns to advise farmers which crops to plant. In 2013, it saved farmers from wasting US$3.8 million on seeds and agricultural inputs during a drought.

But major challenges remain. For nutrition, only 74 of 193 countries have sufficient data on which to make a meaningful assessment of progress on five global maternal and child nutrition targets.

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

  

Initiatives

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Africa Regional Data Cube

Resources Available
The Africa Regional Data Cube is a new tool that harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security and other development issues.
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Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

Resources Available
The Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that work towards achieving the SDGs in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
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Data4SDGs Toolbox

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources to help countries create and implement holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated | Resources Available
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
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Environment Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Using earth observation and remote sensing data to protect the environment and improve climate resilience.
  
  

Partners

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) works to reduce poverty and inequality, to improve health and education, and advance infrastructure through financial and technical support for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Donkey Sanctuary Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Donkey Sanctuary works to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules, and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, works to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges by providing results-oriented projects, technical assistance, and capacity building to member States.
Children's Investment Fund Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation that works with a wide range of partners to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries.
United Nations ECLAC Logo - 70 ECLAC For Sustainable Development With Equality
Multilateral Organization
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
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Government
Ghana Statistical Service's mission is to lead the efficient production and management of quality official statistics in support of national development.
  

Resources

Research, Methods and Good Practices

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling Frogs to Leap, a report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the JICA Research Institute, analyzes the challenges and opportunities that exist in the pursuit of the data revolution.
Leave No One Behind | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Africa Data Revolution Report 2016

The Africa Data Revolution Report 2016: Highlighting developments in African data ecosystems is envisioned to provide a thorough review on the data ecosystem in the continent based on in-depth country assessments.
Research, Methods and Good Practices

Counting on the World: Building Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development

The report intends to support national and international policy makers taking an evidence-based approach to SDG planning and implementation. It looks to design modern, fit-for-purpose data systems that improve the quality, reach and impact of public service delivery and strengthen environmental protection. It sets out a vision for modern data systems, supported by a broad range of actors, while also providing specific recommendations to drive urgent action.
Principles and Standards | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

This global plan is intended to provide a framework for discussion on, and planning and implementation of statistical capacity building necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda.