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Agriculture experts say that #OpenData could lift people out of poverty - Feeding the World With #BigData:

Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GettyImages Buckets of Data: Agriculture experts say that data-sharing will make Africa more productive. Farmers today produce three times as much food as they did 50 years ago using just 12 percent more land, thanks to new technologies and better farming practices. But the global playing field isn’t level. In Africa, farmers produce a fraction of what they could, according to the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa , and most barely get by, struggling against infertile soil, drought, and diseases. Helping farmers—in Africa and elsewhere—produce more will be key to lifting millions out of poverty and sustainably feeding a world population of 9 billion in 2050 . Food-policy experts believe that a crucial step toward that goal is to give farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs unhindered access to agricultural data which is generated at research...

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