The app designed by Abalobi shows the fishermen where best to fish. It also helps them keep track of their expenses and daily income.
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Empowerment comes from the capacity to make better choices. However, people can only make a sound choice if they have had access to the necessary information. This is where the GODAN initiative comes in.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible and usable for unrestricted use world-wide. The initiative is a network of partners that join GODAN voluntarily; the only requirement for becoming a member of the initiative is to agree that open access to research and open publication of data are vital resources for food security and nutrition. The network includes farmers, farmer organisations, researchers, extension experts, policy-makers, governments and other private sector and civil society stakeholders, which all participate in ‘innovation systems’ and along value chains. GODAN gives these stakeholders a community of practice to exchange their knowledge and experience. With a shared agenda enabling an increase in the supply, quality, and interoperability of data, alongside action to build capacity for the use of data by all stakeholders, we can make open data work for agriculture and nutrition.

A focus on South-South exchange of experience

The trigger that led this initiative was a discussion that took place at the 2012 G8 Summit.

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