Data in Action: Coders Conquer Food and Agriculture Data from the UN

The UN had a problem. They were sitting on huge amounts of free and open publicly-avaliable data regarding global food resources, but they had no way to present the data in a useful or meaningful way. In order for average people to make sense out of data, you have to make stories out of that data. Without the ability to concretely visualize the vast amounts of data, the data is immensely confusing. What to do?

When the UN combined efforts with National Geographic and a team of dedicated coders, amazing things began to happen. During National Geographic’s Future of Food Hackathon in May 2014, the coders and science communicators sat down together to tackle the Earth’s upcoming food challenges. They sought to answer such questions as, “if you buy a banana today, what is the average probable miles it took to get to you.”

Watch the video to learn how they did it!

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