Hi Ag folks,
in April 2013, the G8 held an International Open Data Agriculture & Nutrition Conference. At that conference participants decided to establish a global effort on open data - that was not necessarily tied to the G-8. This effort has been moving forward steadily since June 8th. If you would, take a moment to review the Statement of Purpose for the GODAN initiative here: www.godan.info
The group is still recruiting partners up until October 31st, and it is shaping up to be a robust and diverse global partnership. There's no commitment of funds or even time- it is simply a statement of support for these open data principles. Seems directly in line with your work on standardization, if you are interested.