FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Digital Excellence in Agriculture in Europe and Central Asia

Call for good practices in the field of digital agriculture
4 November 2020 – 11 Jnuary 2021

The International Telecommunication Union Regional Offices for Europe and CIS, and the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia are calling for good practices in the field of digital agriculture in Europe and Central Asia.

This call is the first phase of the regional contest entitled “Digital Excellence in Agriculture in Europe and Central Asia”, aiming at collecting good practices in the field of digital agriculture and providing a mechanism for identifying outstanding initiatives, projects and programmes across the regions to be awarded with special recognition of Digital Excellence in Agriculture

It will enable individuals and teams using digital agriculture practices to share knowledge, solutions and suggestions to highlight the potential of scaling-up good practices in the region of Europe and Central Asia.

The regional contest will follow six phases:

  1. Submission of good practices open from 4 November until 31 December 2020;
  2. Nomination of outstanding practices in January 2021;
  3. Production of a special promotional video focusing on outstanding good practices as well as the production of the Digital Excellence in Agriculture report;
  4. Selection of the finalists and awardees;
  5. Production of a special promotional video focusing on outstanding good practices as well as the production of the Digital Excellence in Agriculture report;
  6. Award ceremony where the finalists will receive the opportunity to present their good practices and outstanding achievements during the “Digital Excellence in Agriculture in Europe and Central Asia” (February-March 2021) and the winners will be awarded with a special recognition and a trophy.

To be eligible, solutions must fall under one of the following categories:

  1. Regulatory frameworks/Enhanced market access/Financial services and insurance;
  2. Capacity development and empowerment;
  3. Agriculture innovation systems and sustainable farming;
  4. Disaster risk management and early warning systems;
  5. Food safety and traceability.

This regional contest is in follow up of a joint ITU-FAO Study on Status of Digital Agriculture in 18 Countries of Europe and Central Asia, where information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been clearly observed to play an emerging role in Europe and Central Asia in the field of agriculture.

This call will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, SDG2 on “Zero Hunger”, by contributing to close the digital, rural, and gender disparaties, known as the triple divide, and ensure an inclusive digital transition. The contest is also an important milestone in the implementation of the ITU and FAO Regional Initiatives. 

Read more about the ITU Regional Initiatives for Europe and for CIS

Read more about the FAO Regional Initiatives for Europe and Central Asia.

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