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Digital innovation strategy for agrifood systems in Africa

The Digital Innovation Strategy (DIS) of the Regional Office for Africa (RAF) of FAO has been prepared to respond to critical challenges facing inclusive and sustainable agrifood system transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. It is enshrined in the new Strategic framework 2022–2030 that aims to accelerate the "transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind".

A stronger infusion of digital technologies across operations and programmes of FAO RAF is vital for the region to successfully implement the Africa Regional Initiatives, RAF's Programmes Priority Areas (PPA) and support countries to achieve the AU Malabo Commitments and SDGs.

The Strategy evolves around three strategic pillars which seek to:

- Improve use of quality data for country planning (Insight).

- Develop internal digital agriculture capacity to effectively support food systems transformation (Interact).

- Support inclusive national and regional digital agriculture ecosystems (Impact).