Achieving food and nutrition security through open access data

BY SHELLEKA DARBY, INDIRA YERRAMAREDDY AND SURESH BABU

The data era has arrived. Stakeholders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and political leaders across the global economy are harnessing ever-expanding datasets for a wide array of purposes—including reducing hunger and malnutrition. But pursuing those goals requires evidence-based decision making, and that depends on widespread open access to relevant data. Open access can improve the policy decisions that shape food systems and everything that depends on them, up to and including national security.