The UN General Assembly came together with the “50 x 2030” program to help boost agricultural productivity and livelihood across Latin America, Africa and Asia by the year 2030. The Data to End Hunger event was initially announced at the UN General Assembly as a part of a drive to collect data in 50 developing countries from more than 500 million farmers– in 2017 global hunger has risen by more than 30% with more than 821 million people in hunger and undernourishment.
Chief executive of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Claire Melamed told reporters that, “data is foundational for so many of the things we want to achieve, and yet because it’s this hidden, not very glamorous, infrastructure it’s hard to get people to care about it,” also adding “our aim is to invest in basic data over a long period, which can give governments the information that they need to really make progress on agricultural productivity. This is not a one-off, big bang collection of data, it’s about creating a better system.”
With current collected data — only two of the 44 developing countries are sort to have high-quality agriculture data in sub-Saharan Africa with such as the crops farmers, harvesting, planting and their ability to access stable financing . The two main surveys are established by the World Bank’s Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (ISA) and the AGRISurvey from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)– this may not be enough in coverage wise as the problem that these developing countries are facing is in more depth with Melamed further stating, “It’s not about inventing new stuff. We already know these surveys work – they’ve been used for a long time, and honed over many years. It’s about investing so that they can be scaled up and repeated regularly.”
In 2014 survey shows details that despite the growing demands in East Africa, food were limited by lack of breeding, lack of veterinary and many other livestock issues. Laura Tuck, vice president for Sustainable Development at the World Bank told media,“we’re witnessing today a fundamental transformation of food systems in developing countries, by making agricultural data more readily available in 50 low income countries, we can help accelerate this transformation, to boost sustainable food production and allow farmers to thrive.”