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Regional forum on e-agriculture for Central and South-East Europe “Precise and integrated response for sustainable farming and inclusive food systems “

Novi Sad, Serbia, 13/11/2017 - 15/11/2017

E-agriculture refers to designing, developing and applying innovative ways to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture and food, including fisheries, forestry and livestock. Technological application, facilitation, support of standards and norms, capacity development, education and extension belong to the broader concept of e-agriculture. E-agriculture offers the unprecedented opportunities for accelerating agricultural development, however appropriate enabling environment is needed to realize the technology potential.

The objectives of the regional forum are to (i) bring together agricultural producers and processors, public research and academia, extension agents, IT solution developers and policy makers to facilitate their collaboration and co-creation of knowledge. Furthermore, (ii) the forum will raise awareness on a FAO-ITU (International Telecommunication Union) approach on formulation of a national e-agriculture strategy, which can contribute to achieving national agricultural goals that include development of sustainable food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation and improving the livelihoods of rural communities, including smallholders and family farmers, men and women.