Women need access to open data with potential application for agriculture

Women need access to open data with potential application for agriculture


So, the GODAN Action project is a 3.5-year
project that’s funded by DFID and the work we are undertaking is really to build the
capacity of a diverse range of stakeholders in open data. So basically what I’m saying is we want
to build people’s capacity to understand what open data is and what potential it has
to solve problems in agriculture and nutrition. It’s important for us to build women’s
capacity to be able to use the data. The data in itself is not a solution. The data is a tool that people need to use
to create solutions to the problems. So it’s important for us to involve as many
women as we can in our capacity development efforts such that they get the skills to be
able to analyse the data, visualise the data and create perhaps value added services for
agriculture and nutrition. As a project, we recognise that women are
a very large percentage of the workforce when it comes to agriculture and nutrition. And we have realised that a lot of the time
women are underrepresented when it comes to things like data policies, women do not have
the same access to data as compared to males. This is as a result of many challenges, for
example challenges of accessing the Internet, access to technology, and just generally access
to information. So as a project we really advocate for more
women to become involved in these issues of open data. Open data has the potential to solve problems. So if women are not included, if they don’t
have access to the data, then they have no role to play in the solutions to the problems
that they face, as the workforce, as the major workforce when it comes to agriculture and
nutrition. What we are hoping to do this year, 2018,
is to have a series of meetings where we actually discuss what the issues are, what the challenges
are with women’s access to data, what are the barriers that prevent women from participating
in data policy formulation for example. So this is our hope for this year as well
as publishing, we hope to issue a special publication of what we call ICT update where
we bring a collection of women to really analyse the issues and present recommendations to
the open data community.

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