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The 50x2030 initiative will improve rural livelihoods and increase food security through the transformation of agricultural data systems.

A Partnership for Data-Smart Agriculture

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Good Decisions Are Fundamental For Agricultural Growth. Yet, Decisions Can Only Be As Good As The Evidence That Informs Them.
THE 50x2030 INITIATIVE TO CLOSE THE AGRICULTURAL DATA GAP is a multi-agency partnership that seeks to transform data systems in 50 countries by 2030. The scarcity of high-quality, relevant agricultural data makes it challenging for policymakers to form sound decisions that drive economic growth and reduce poverty. The 50x2030 Initiative focuses on improving country data by developing a fit-for-purpose, integrated, and financially sustainable agricultural and rural survey program that fosters a culture of data use for decision-making to support agricultural sustainability and rural development, address food crises, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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50x2030 Supports Country Data Production

In partnership with Ministries of Agriculture and National Statistics Offices, the 50x2030 Initiative has assisted countries in conducting surveys to produce regular, high-quality agricultural data for use in policy development.

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50x2030 Aims to Contribute to 8 SDG Indicators and 9 CAADP Indicators

These include SDG indicators such as 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.4.1, 5.a.1 and CAADP indicators 3.1i, 3.1ii, 3.2i, 3.2ii, 3.2iii, 4.1i and more.

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Quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data will be needed to help with the measurement of progress and to ensure that no one is left behind. Such data is key to decision making
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“Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015”
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Closing the agricultural data gap in 50 countries by 2030

Financing secured for data collection in 24 countries for 3 to 5 years through IDA financed statistics and agriculture/environmental projects

  • What is the 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap?

    The 50x2030 Initiative was conceived to fill critical gaps in the availability and use of agricultural data in 50 low- and lower middle-income countries by 2030. Every year, governments in these countries invest US$957 billion in agriculture, often without good evidence to inform those investments. This leads to suboptimal outcomes, losses in productivity, shortfalls in agricultural income and, ultimately, more hunger and poverty. It also makes it extremely difficult for policymakers to make sound decisions that drive economic growth and reduce poverty. Implemented through a partnership...

  • There are so many global development initiatives? Why do we need 50x2030?

    50x2030 occupies a very distinct place in the data for development landscape. The Initiative involves an inter-agency collaboration at both the global and country levels, employs a distinct methodology (i.e. a new set of questionnaires that yield comprehensive, quality, timely data, and cover important dimensions like productivity, gender, etc.), and it intervenes at every stage of the data cycle: from identification of priority data needs and data production to ensuring data use for policymaking. Sustainability – both financial and technical -- is embedded in the program model. Partner...

  • What kind of partnership opportunities are available with 50x2030?

    We see partnerships not only as a means to mobilize resources for the Initiative but foremost as a tool to support implementation, foster the use of new technologies and innovations, increase awareness and use of data, and to foster cooperation especially for our partner countries. Thus, 50x2030 is open to exploring both technical and financial partnerships with a diversity of actors from multi- and bi-laterals, foundations and research centers to corporations. Financial partnership opportunities can be developed around long-term and broad support to the Initiative or to ad hoc activities...