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About Metera Bale

Development, Agriculture, Poverty, Hunger, Data Metera Bale It is known that the world produces enough food for everyone - but why do 800 million in the world still go to bed hungry? That’s one in every nine people – with the majority being women and children. major Summit on the margins of the UN General Assembly in NYC by GODAN (Global Open Data on Agriculture & Nutrition), on the 15th and 16th September to lobby governments to open their data to end hunger. GODAN’s ultimate ambition is to achieve the United Nations’ goal 2 – ‘zero hunger’ by 2030 - ensuring food security. The Summit will include high-level speeches including a forum at the UN with US, African and UK governments, hackathons and open data exhibits. We can arrange: • International case studies / footage such as of Africa based farmers • Coverage of the hackathons and interviews with young disruptors and students on Thursday 15th September in New York • Interview with specific GODAN spokespeople located worldwide on a number of topics – we have high level expert speakers who are available to come on air or could also conduct interviews ahead of the event: o Data o Health o Technology o Food waste o Wider story Suggested talking points: • Why are governments hiding this data that could end world hunger? • How can data truly better agriculture and farming in 3rd world countries? • There is enough food in the world so why are 800 million people hungry? • Technology really is saving the world, but how? • How will open data affect health issues globally? • What does this mean for the agriculture industry? Examples of how opening data in agriculture & nutrition can help end world hunger: • Deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security • A mother in Malawi can choose the best seeds to sow in order to achieve a plentiful harvest to feed her hungry family • A commercial farmer in the United States has the right data to enrich his soil to produce more bountiful crops • The smallholder farmer in Tanzania will better understand and anticipate adverse weather conditions • The food manufacturer can produce healthier products • The nutritionist is able to offer better advice Key numbers (World Bank): - 800 million: people in the world are starving – that’s over 11% of the global population - 1.3 billion tonnes: Global food wastage a year – that’s roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption - 9 billion: Our population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 but 80% of our arable land is already in use so we need an alternative to producing more food - 68%: The US and China alone represent 68% of all of the patent documents associated with crop breeding around the world. These two countries are larger than the closest competing country by at least a factor of five. - $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing countries worth of food wasted
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