Science, Technology and Innovation

All we know on innovation on food and agriculture

Innovation is a central driving force for transforming agri- food systems. Digital agri-food systems innovation includes: online platforms, precision agriculture (based on sensors, geodata and artificial intelligence), E-extension, E-commerce and digital technologies for rural finance. Digital agrifood systems innovation present numerous opportunities along value chains. Additional examples are blockchain and food sensing technologies delivering transparency, traceability, food safety and quality along the food value chains.

Most of these solutions are generated by the private sector. Currently, adoption of these innovative approaches by small and poor producers is still significantly hampered by the digital divide. Public investments in rural connectivity, digital literacy, farmer registration in digital databases and adequate policy and incentive frameworks are needed to bridge the divide and allow for more widespread global adoption of digital agriculture transformation.