Digital agriculture report: Rural e-commerce development experience from China
The ‘Digital Agriculture Report: Rural E-commerce Development—Experience from China’, produced by FAO and Zhejiang University, has been officially released. The publication examines how rural e-commerce could advance the digital transformation of agri-food systems, including increasing production efficiency, expanding farmers’ market access, improving poverty alleviation, fostering agricultural entrepreneurship, and attracting young generations back to their villages for economic revival and rural revitalization.
It is highlighted that an enabling ecosystem with favourable government policies and strategies, public-private partnerships and innovative business models is of great importance to accelerate the development of rural areas in China, and generate larger economic, social and environmental impacts. As the largest developing country in the world, the experience of digital agriculture transformation in China could be shared with other developing countries.
The report also discusses some of the challenges encountered and lessons learned during the development of rural e-commerce, as well as the proposals for the way forward.
The report is available in English and can be downloaded here.
WEBINAR - E-commerce for agriculture and rural development
The agricultural sector will face enormous challenges to feed the projected 9.6 billion people who will inhabit the planet by 2050. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in severe economic and social distress around the world, triggering several negative impacts on agri-food systems. However, e-commerce entered the outbreak period ahead of time, especially in the agri-food sector, and with the new opportunities it creates, it is considered a potential solution to this difficult situation.
To continue its active work in promoting digitilization of the agricultural sector, FAO, in close collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Zhejiang University (ZJU), participates in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum.
Following WSIS Action Line C7 on eAgriculture that focuses on using ICT applications for e-agriculture, the jointly organized webinar "E-commerce for agriculture and rural development" will aim at enhancing knowledge and exchanging experiences, involving a wide range of experts from various organisations, institutions, academia, and private sector businesses, including the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Alibaba, and African young e-commerce entrepreneurs.
During the event, the Digital Agriculture Flagship Report will be presented, which is based on experiences with successful business models and on results of technology applications in the field of rural e-commerce in China.
The webinar takes place on Friday, 7 May 2021, 15:00–16:00 (CEST).
For more information on this event and to register, please click here.
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يسعى تقرير حالة أسواق السلع الزراعية لعام 2020 إلى مناقشة السياسات والآليات التي تشجع على تحقيق النتائج المستدامة - على المستويات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والبيئية - في الأسواق الزراعية والغذائية، على الصعيدين العالمي والمحلي على حد سواء. ويتمحور التحليل حول الاتجاهات والتحديات الكامنة في صميم...
The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2020
FAO has launched The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020 (SOCO 2020). The report aims to discuss policies and mechanisms that promote sustainable outcomes – economic, social and environmental – in agricultural and food markets, both global and domestic.
The analysis is organized along the trends and challenges that lie at the heart of global discussions on trade and development. These include the evolution of trade and markets; the emergence of global value chains in food and agriculture; the extent to which smallholder farmers in developing countries participate in value chains and markets; and the transformative impacts of digital technology on markets.
Along these themes, SOCO 2020 discusses policies and institutions that can promote inclusive economic growth and also harness markets to contribute towards the realization of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.
The report also looks at policy responses to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food value chains, both nationally and globally.
The report is available in all six UN languages and can be downloaded here.
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تطورت جائحة كوفيد-19 لتصبح أكبر تحدٍ صحي واجتماعي ومالي عالمي في القرن الحادي والعشرين، فهذه الجائحة لا تؤثر على أرواح الأفراد وسبل كسب عيشهم وتغذيتهم فحسب، بل تؤثر كذلك على تجارة الأغذية وسلاسل الإمدادات الغذائية والأسواق.
ندعوكم من خلال هذه الاستشارة الإلكترونية لمشاركة الأمثلة وأفضل الممارسات ودراسات الحالة لكيفية إدارة أثر تدابير احتواء أزمة كوفيد-19 على الأمن الغذائي والزراعة في بلدانكم من وجهة النظر التجارية واللوجستية.
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