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).