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What is the Digital Village Initiative?

A digital village is a concept to promote digital innovations to rural communities enabling economic livelihoods, individual wellbeing, and social cohesion.

There is no single pathway or approach for a rural community to become “Digital,” and there are many ways to apply and harness digital innovations and services.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched the Digital Village Initiative (DVI) to promote digital innovations to support inclusive, gender-sensitive rural development and sustainable agri-food transformation to meet Agenda 2030 goals.

FAO DVI follows a country-led, user-centered, holistic digital ecosystem approach for digital village development, allowing the local context to dictate the modalities pursued.

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Under the Digital Village Initiative, FAO RAP is currently test piloting a village-level multi-actor survey to collect baseline information on the village digital readiness status. Using the Digital Village Ecosystem Approach, this multi-actor survey is being conducted over 100 designated villages in 10 countries of Asia and the Pacific (for details see Tools).

Digital Village Initiative in Asia and the Pacific

Source: Modified from UN. 2020. Map of the World [online]. [Cited 1 June 2022]: (Disclaimer: The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.)

Digital Village Development in practice: Illustrated examples from the field
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