Digital Agriculture

Why is digital agriculture important?

The ubiquity, portability and mobility of digital technologies are transforming agriculture and food production. Specifically, in the agriculture and food sector, the spread of mobile technologies, remote-sensing services and distributed computing are already improving smallholders’ access to information, inputs and markets, increasing production and productivity, streamlining supply chains and reducing operational costs. However, the ‘digitalization’ of agriculture and the food value chain has certain challenges to overcome. Issues such as cybersecurity and data protection, labour replacement and re-education and the risk of creating a digital divide between economies, sectors or individuals with differing abilities to adopt new technologies. Despite these points, there is no doubt that digital transformation in agriculture is here to stay. FAO is committed to assisting governments and partners in bridging such multidisciplinary digital divides to ensure that everyone benefits from the emerging digital society. 

FAO and Digital Agriculture

E-agriculture strategy guide

FAO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), together with support from partners, have developed the E-agriculture Strategy Guide to assist countries in developing their national e-agriculture strategy and master plan. E-agriculture strategies help rationalize resources (financial and human) and holistically address ICT opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector in a more efficient manner. Such strategies also help to generate new revenue streams and improve the livelihoods of rural communities. 

FAO Digital services portfolio

FAO has developed applications, databases and platforms to support the work being carried out in countries around the world. These digital services increase access to useful data, information, maps and statistics. This FAO Digital Services Portfolio represents only a fraction of the broader digital services.

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