E-Agriculture

Posts on the topic "International Telecommunication Union (ITU)"

Posts on the topic "International Telecommunication Union (ITU)"

  • Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum 2020 for Asia-Pacific

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are organising Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum (DASF) for Asia and the Pacific 2020 (formally called E-agriculture Solutions...
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  • e-consultation on digital agriculture investments and digital transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) invite you to the ‘"e-Consultation on digital agriculture investments and digital transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa"

    The e-Consultation will take place on the e-Agriculture platform from the 27th of October 2020 to the 9th of November 2020.

    Background to the e-consultation

    In an era of digital inclusion, Africa stands to gain exponentially from the adoption of digital technologies towards the realization of SDGs. In the agriculture sector, digital technologies are opening great opportunities to develop solutions and digital market places to connect farmers to markets, improve extension service delivery and productivity in agricultural value chains. Also, the adoption of digital technologies can create alternative livelihood streams for the youth, women and  smallholder farmers with commercial opportunities that increase their income and the development of rural areas in general.

    To achieve that, collaboration between the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and agriculture sectors is critical to formulate a common vision and action plan for the use of ICT in agriculture and to create synergies between the two sectors through policies and initiatives. 

    As evident, the Malabo Declaration, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), and the African Union’s current Agenda 2063 confirm consolidated efforts to reduce poverty and improve the well-being of Africans whilst leveraging ICTs and digital solutions. 

    Against this background, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are jointly set to undertake several investments in different aspects of digital agriculture and digitalization in their respective member countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen country capacities for innovation, enhance policies and practice, and provide supportive investments in the form of infrastructure and services relevant for this transition. 

    The objectives of the e-Consultation 

    To guide investment decision-making, a digital agriculture readiness assessment study was commissioned as a baseline study to better understand the state of digitalization and digital agriculture in their respective focal countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this study, FAO and ITU would like to open up the consultation to a wide range of stakeholders or experts with insight on Sub-Saharan African country contexts.

    This stakeholder consultative process forms part of data collection and stakeholder engagement initiatives and aims to:

    1. solicit input on current initiatives within the domain of digital agriculture at regional/ sub-regional and country levels;
    2. create an opportunity to fill data gaps; and
    3. create a platform for stakeholder deliberations towards harmonizing facts and figures.

     e-Consultation Focus Countries

    The scope of the African countries for this e-consultation will be FAO/ITU countries for Africa Region. For a full list of these countries, please consult the FAO Africa  countries or the ITU Africa countries.

    Experts that will animate this discussion are:

    1. Arnaud Goga- Digital Agriculture Specialist, International Telecommunication Union
    2. Bonaventure Andy Nyamekye, (Ph.D)-Digital Capacity Development Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
    3. Caroline Gaju - Programme Officer, International Telecommunication Union
    4. Joshua Oiro- Digital Services Consultant, International Telecommunication Union
    5. Nikola Trendov- Digital Agriculture and Innovation Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN 
    6. Thembani Malapela -Knowledge and Information Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
    7. Wei Liang - Digital Capacity Development Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

    e-Consultation Facilitators

    • Thembani Malapela - Knowledge and Information Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
    • Arnaud Goga - Digital Agriculture Specialist, International Telecommunication Union
    • Bonaventure Andy Nyamekye, (Ph.D) - Digital Capacity Development Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
  • Virtual panel on: Accelerating progress on the SDGs through Information and Communication Technologies and WSIS Action Lines

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are progressing rapidly and affecting people’s daily lives in the digital era. To an unprecedented extent during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of ICTs has been critical in responding to crisis. The importance of ICTs is specifically recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a crucial enabler in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and as a catalyst for development. This session will focus on the WSIS Action Lines and the alignment of the WSIS and SDGs processes, including WSIS Forum, WSIS Stocktaking, WSIS...
  • Question 4

    Q4. What specific interventions/programmes (hackathons, bootcamps, etc) have been implemented by government or the private sector to enhance digital skills and innovative capacities especially of the youth in rural areas in a particular country? Please share links to reference materials  where possible.

    French Version

    Q4. Quelles interventions / programmes spécifiques (hackathons, bootcamps, etc.) ont été mis en œuvre par le gouvernement ou le secteur privé pour améliorer les compétences numériques et les capacités d'innovation, en particulier des jeunes des zones rurales d'un pays donné? Veuillez partager des liens vers des documents de référence lorsque cela est possible.

  • AI for Good Global Summit

    The 2020 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit is presented as a continuous digital event, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, platforms and time-zones, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, Q&As,...
  • WSIS Forum Final Week

    The final week of the Virtual WSIS Forum 2020 takes place on 7-10 September 2020, consisting of policy statements, interactive high-level dialogues, a WSIS Prize ceremony, a ministerial round table as well as a series of WSIS Action Line...
  • Digitalization sets the path for an enabling and sustainable ecosystem for food and agriculture at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2020

    On Friday 21 August, FAO, jointly with ITU and the Zhejiang University , organized a 1-hour virtual Session session on ‘Action Line C7-Fostering an Enabling Ecosystem for Food and Agriculture through Digital Innovation’- held during the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS+15) 2020 which whose theme is this year is: “ Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships: WSIS Action Lines for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ”. The participation to the Forum provided an open and inclusive space for all participants, harnessing the potential of ICTs to...
  • INVITATION TO THE DIGITAL AGRICULTURE SESSION AT WSIS FORUM 2020

    Fostering an Enabling Ecosystem for Food and Agriculture through Digital Innovation at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2020 Time 14:00 - 15:00 CEST, Friday, 21 August 2020 REGISTER HERE On Friday 21 August, FAO, in collaboration with ITU and the Zhejiang University, will organize a Session on ‘ Digital Agriculture - Fostering an Enabling Ecosystem for Food and Agriculture through Digital Innovation ’- in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS+15) 2020 . The detailed program for session is available here . In a world where by 2050 there...
  • FAO and UNDP host the first virtual Digital Innovation Dialogue on Youth Digital Innovation Solutions for Food and Agriculture

    The 9th Session Digital Innovation Dialogue roadshows selected FAO innovation challenge winners and UNDP finalists of the [email protected] programme as teams pitch their solutions. 29 July 2020. Rome, Italy . The Food and Agriculture Organization in collaboration with UNDP Global Centre in Singapore hosted the first virtual Digital Innovation Dialogue on Youth Digital Innovation Solutions for Food and Agriculture online . The session presented a roadshow of eight teams selected from various challenges, for example, from FAO innovation challenge winners and UNDP finalists of the [email protected] programme...