50X2030: Data-Smart Agriculture
The 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap is a multi-partner effort that seeks to bridge the global agricultural data gap by transforming country data systems across 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America by 2030. This unprecedented initiative focuses on improving country level data by building strong nationally-representative survey programs— building upon the experiences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRISurvey) Programme and the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA)— that produce high-quality and timely agricultural data and make evidence-based decision-making in agriculture the norm.
This effort will be complemented by the experience of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA) in increasing and improving the use of survey data to inform decision-making.
50x2030 will pave the way for agriculture’s newest revolution: data-smart agriculture. It will create stronger capacity to produce, analyze, interpret, and apply data to decisions in the agricultural sector, and provide the infrastructure to build evidence-informed policies for rural development and food security.