Research and Extension Systems

FAO is assisting national EAS to advance digital agriculture transformation through two main pathways. First, by enhancing the delivery, scope and impact of EAS for smallholder farmers through digital innovations, including both emerging technologies (such as blockchains, artificial intelligence and the Internet of things) and accessible digital tools (e.g. mobile phones, knowledge management platforms and e-extension). Second, by strengthening capacities of advisors and farmers to contribute effectively to the digitalisation of agri-food systems considering potential risks and opportunities. FAO has provided assistance on digital extension in Azerbaijan and Tunisia in the context of the EAS reform process.