Data to End Hunger
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation asked the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to help deliver a high level political moment on data and agriculture at UN General Assembly 73 – the result was ‘Data to End Hunger’. This high level meeting was hosted by the Governments of Kenya, Ghana, and Sierra Leone, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The event was built around the launch of the “50 X 2030” initiative – an ambitious effort to conduct regular surveys of farming households in 50 low and lower-middle income countries by 2030—and then make the data, combined with other information sources, widely available. Ministers from Kenya and Ghana spoke alongside the heads of the three Rome-based UN agencies and key donors. Storytelling was at the heart of this high profile moment – a partnership with podcast The Moth was used to deliver a show featuring storytellers from The Moth Global Community Program – voices from the global south who told heartfelt stories on the impact of agricultural data (or lack thereof) on their lives and others’. These stories were workshopped over the summer and guided by GPSDD.
The UN Foundation events team supported the delivery of this ambitious event, which marked a unique moment within General Assembly week 2018 – bringing together the excitement of live storytelling with the substance of the announcement of several hundred million dollars worth of new financing to support the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.
More information: http://www.data4sdgs.org/news/data-end-hunger-unga-side-event