This member participated in the following discussions
1. What are the potential entry points for government to address challenges and foster the development of digital agriculture?
The Digitalisation Council can have on its mandate to work with the WTO and other like-agencies to ensure trade facilitation in the buying and selling of goods and services for agric tech. I think this point can fall under infrastructure or remain as a stand-alone point.
2. How can the establishment of the Digitalisation Council address the numerous barriers to adoption of these technologies?
To its principle of accessibility, ensuring visibility of the solution it proposes should be a high priority. The Digitalisation Council should strive to ensure farmers across the world know about its role and how they can benefit from its activities.
3. Do you think that the roles identified for the Digital Council are suitable for facing the agrifood systems challenges outlined above?
Another possible role under the policy and regulatory framework that can be taken up by the Digitisation Council is the role of advocating globally for the reduction in the cost of specific agric technologies so this can benefit poorer countries. A similar strategy as those used by the Global Fund to renogotiate prices for life-saving malaria, TB or HIV drugs so that patients from poorer countries can afford. Advocacy for the reduction of prices can therefore be targeted such that the reductions only benefit the poorer countries.
2.2.4. Cross-cutting Issues:
In addition to the one's already mentioned, the FLW CoC should also address vulnerability status of populations. This is inline with food redistribution to food banks given that most beneficiaries from these banks are vulnerable, especailly persons living with a disability.
2.1. General Guiding Principles:
Another principle that can be relevant here is that of international solidarity among states. This guiding principle servces to encourage states with suplus (even after carefully reducing production at source) production to redistribute to states with low food sufficiency.
It would also be interesting if the guideline can provide cases of how strategies/approaches that have been applied by governments at local or national level to either encourage or enforce the application of FLW policies, CoCs or laws.