SE040 International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture: Discuss and achieve a consensus on the mandate, organization, ToR, Rules of Procedure and position in the global governance architecture


  • FAO
  • IFAD
  • WFP
  • World Bank
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Today, there are more than 7 billion people on the planet, a figure that's expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Overall food production needs to double in a relatively short period of time to meet demand to feed the world's population. The opportunities are huge but in the same time the failure can be dramatic. It is imperious for the International Community to revolutionize traditional agriculture - we need to take immediate actions for the new era of Agriculture 4.0. International Community is committed to ensuring that the transformation in agriculture is made proportionally and in a synergic way. FAO has an pivotal role in this process by drawing and facilitating farmer's access to Agriculture 4.0. in this respect, on 19 January 2019, the agriculture ministers of 74 nations adopted a number of resolutions stated in a political communique about digitalization in agriculture issued during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA).The GFFA Communique 2019 noted that smart solutions are needed to reconcile conflicting goals and meet the current and future demand for safe and nutritious food and feed. Digitalization in agriculture will play an important role in achieving these goals, improving livelihoods and living conditions in rural areas, supporting farmers in their work as well as in transforming lives in rural areas substantially, and contribute to achieving the SDGs by 2030. The collective voice of the ministers emphasized the need for an International Digital Council that will take action on global digitalization of agriculture. With the BMEL support, the foundation for the Council is already in place and in the near future is expected to have a conceptual note of establishing the Digital Council. Against this backdrop the first consultation meeting with multi-stakeholders for the establishment of the Council was held on 12-13th of June. The first meeting was necessary to stress the importance of the Council and to officially start the development phase. As a follow-up, the second consultation meeting, which is crucial for the future design and functionality of the Council.

The Side Event serves as a great opportunity and is a suitable platform for organizing the second consultation meeting as it brings together multi-stakeholders to puzzle the elements of the new mechanisms for functionality of the International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture. The Side Event provides not only as a unique premise for organizing the second consultation meeting, but it also offers possibilities to draw a future roadmap for the International Digital Council operational modules alongside with establishing reliable partnerships with various multi-stakeholders that will support the Council reach sustainable and impactful achievements.


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