Towards the establishment of an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture


Towards the establishment of an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture

We are happy to invite you to the webinar “Towards an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture”.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 23rd October from 13:00 to 13:45 CEST at http://fao.adobeconnect.com/digital_council  

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The webinar will be delivered in English.

  • Presenter:  Mr. Samuel Varas, Director of the Information Technology Division at FAO,
  • Moderator:  Ms. Meng Zeng, Information Technology Officer at FAO. 

Mr. Varas will provide an introduction to the role that digitalization can play in making agriculture more productive and sustainable. He will then present the ideas behind the International Digital Council and the multi-stakeholder process leading to its implementation. The webinar will complement the ongoing online discussion Towards an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture, which is currently taking place on the FSN Forum.


  • Samuel Varas

    Mr. Samuel Eduardo Varas Guevara, a national of Chile, holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering (Economy) from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, and a PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Mr Varas Guevara started his professional career in 1989 as Faculty Professor at the University of Chile, in Santiago, Chile until 2004. From 2005 to 2014 he worked as Professor and Academic Secretary at the Adolfo Ibañez University, in Santiago, Chile. During this time, he also provided Operations and IT consulting services to the government of Chile and to international companies and Organizations. Mr Varas Guevara is also the author of several books and publications in his areas of specialization. In 2015 he took up duties as Director of the IT Division of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN). He has been leading the transformation of the IT Division, and the IT area in FAO, promoting a digital strategy and digital innovation in the Organization, including the use of new digital technologies in the food and agriculture sectors.