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The 50x2030 initiative brings together the strongest partners in agricultural development to solve the problem of the agricultural data gap.

A Partnership for Data-Smart Agriculture

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-partner program that seeks to bridge the global agricultural data gap by transforming country data systems in 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.

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Closing the agricultural data gap in 50 countries by 2030

We aim to reach 5 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 15 countries in East Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia and South Asia, 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa
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
UN Resolution
“Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015”


  • 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...

  • How can a country participate in 50x2030?

    Countries interested to join 50x2030 will need to submit an application addressed to the Program Management Team using the Country Expression of Interest (CEI) form. The CEI must be submitted by the National Statistics Office and/or the Ministry of Agriculture, whichever agency has the mandate to conduct the survey in the country. The 50x2030 Initiative will employ a systematic and objective process in evaluating candidate countries for participation in the Initiative. Eligibility and qualification are the two major considerations: Being eligible means the country meets the condition to be...