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open data for agriculture

From the United States Geological Survey in 2015: “Improving access to data and
enabling open exchange of water information are vital actions required to identify
existing water resources issues and develop sustainable future solutions, particularly in
the face of climate change and extraordinary drought. To address this challenge, the Open
Water Data Initiative is aimed at integrating fragmented water information that is already
being collected by different agencies at several levels of government into a connected,
national water data framework.”

In 30 years, when the ultimate results of Jalyukt-Shivar become clear, we envision
hydrologists, policymakers, and nonprofits all around the world regarding the program as
the model for effective anti-drought policy reform. However, we believe that JYSA will
not reach its goals or merit that sort of praise unless the state of Maharashtra’s water data
improves. In the EU, the United States, and virtually every developed country in the
world, macro-level water data are publicly available, there is significant coordination
between government and academia to ensure consistency and redundancy-avoidance, and
policymakers and farmers use that data combined with more granular information about
particular farms to make policy and farming decisions. Below, we propose a similar data
framework for Maharashtra. The plan involves three components, which are
implementable in sequential order.

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