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Our Expertise: Agriculture

Harnessing Data to Enhance Agricultural & Food Security

Enhancing food security is a daunting challenge, specifically for regions with rapidly increasing populations, like sub-Saharan Africa. DG harnesses data to better understand agricultural, economic, and market systems, which helps decision-makers know when, how, and where interventions can support farmers.

Focusing on the Supply of Data

DG has a strong knowledge of agriculture data sources, challenges, and opportunities. We focus on improving the supply of agriculture data; building easy-to-use tools; and supporting governments and the private sector in using data to meet their strategic priorities.

Whole-of-Ecosystem Design

Change requires all elements of the system – production, monitoring, distribution, and quality assurance – to work together synergistically, supporting and underpinning each other. Through in-depth assessments, DG works with stakeholders to understand the data gaps and needs of the agricultural sector at large.

Supporting Markets and Supply Chains

By focusing on supporting decision-makers in larger systems, DG works to ensure smallholder farmers have access to the information they need. We enable decision-making that benefits farmers, and integrate learning strategies throughout – laying a path for collecting high-quality data and delivering high-quality results.

Addressing Unmet Demand

While speaking with hundreds of agricultural stakeholders across multiple countries, we have identified significant, unmet demand for more and better data, and have developed new ways to visualize and analyze existing information to meet that demand.

Un-Siloing Information

From seed systems, to fertilizer markets, to arable land, the information needed to make decisions is often siloed within the private sector, government ministries, or CSOs. DG works with partners to build tools that support information sharing and streamline processes to ensure quality data and sustainability.

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Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA)
Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA)

VIFAA was designed to holistically address the supply, demand, and use of fertilizer data at both country and regional levels by developing country dashboards focused in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana. The publicly available dashboards support decision-making at all levels of the fertilizer supply chain.

2017 - Present
Visualizing Information on Seeds Using Technology in Africa (TASAI-VISTA)
Visualizing Information on Seeds Using Technology in Africa (TASAI-VISTA)

Since 2019, in partnership with The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), DG through the VISTA program has been working to help decision-makers, public sector, development partners, private sector businesses, and farmers visualize and use data to support a fully functional formal seed system.

2019 - Present
Mapping the Data Ecosystem & Designing Requirements for Malawi’s Agricultural Sector
Mapping the Data Ecosystem & Designing Requirements for Malawi’s Agricultural Sector

Through the Results Data Initiative (RDI), DG worked with Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development to design a National Agriculture Management Information System that puts users at the center of system design.

2017 - 2019

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