Good decisions are fundamental for agricultural growth. Yet, decisions can only be as good as the evidence that informs them. Each year, businesses, governments, and development organizations invest nearly $239 billion in agriculture in low-income and lower middle-income countries (L/LMICs). Governments make critical policy decisions, often without the benefit of recent or accurate agricultural data. Businesses, including small-holder producers, often “shoot in the dark” with their investment decisions because reliable information is unavailable. The lack and limited use of data lead to sub-optimal decisions, causing losses in productivity and agricultural income and, ultimately, more hunger and poverty. The 50 X 2030 Initiative brings together the strongest partners in agricultural development to solve the problem of the agricultural data gap. 

Learn more about it in 50 X 2030: Data-Smart Agriculture (PDF, 200 KB).

  

Contributing Partners

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Logo
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works across a variety of sectors with the belief that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Logo
The Food and Agriculture Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
The World Bank - IBRD - IDA - World Bank Group
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.

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