Gaps in information prevent us from eradicating food insecurity as hundreds of millions of people around the world go hungry every day. Low and middle-income countries spend around $190 billion each year on agriculture to address food insecurity. 

Yet the data to effectively target this spending or measure results is often patchy, outdated or nonexistent. That’s why this initiative from the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data aims to build political support from United Nations member states and agricultural sector stakeholders on the urgent need for investment in agriculture and food systems data. This initiative also aims to build consensus on the institutional changes needed to strengthen the data and statistics work of the UN’s Rome-based agencies focused on food and agriculture.