Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

FAO/ITU WEBINAR: Fostering an Enabling Ecosystem for Food and Agriculture through Digital Innovation

21 August 2020.  Fostering an Enabling Ecosystem for Food and Agriculture through Digital Innovation. FAO/ITU

FAO’s International Platform for Digital Food and Agriculture to bridge the gap between international fora for food and agriculture, enhance awareness on issues specific to the digitalization of the food and agriculture sectors and provide policy recommendations to governments to support decision-making at higher levels. Hand-in-Hand is FAO’s evidence-based, country-led and country-owned initiative to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development to eradicate poverty (SDG 1) and end hunger and all forms of malnutrition (SDG2).

Recently, FAO launched its Hand-in-Hand Geospatial Platform which supports all stakeholders with rich, shareable data (agro-ecology, water, land, soils, GHG, etc.), respecting the proper protocols of data confidentiality. The platform also includes a subnational system of donor information developed by FAO and its partners. FAO is actively supporting the building of Digital Agriculture and Innovation Hubs to foster innovation ecosystem and culture. 

This includes: a partnership with Zhejiang University to establish a Centre of Excellence for Youth
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia, another partnership with Wageningen University & Research and others to apply for H2020 through a proposal of SmartAgriHubs for Africa

 Through joint-efforts, FAO-ITU is developing National e-Agriculture Strategy to support government in optimizing resources for the development of digital agriculture in the process of digital transformation and implementing Smart Village to support rural small holder and family farmers to embrace digital technologies and tools.

Session 330: Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting
Click here for the Session Recording
  • Introduction by Meng ZENG (Moderator) - Information Technology Officer, FAO
  • Dejan Jakovljevic - Deputy Director, IT Services, FAO
  • Longbao Wei – Director, Institute of Food and Agribusiness Management, Zhejiang University
  • Hani Eskandar – Digital Services Senior Coordinator, ITU

The mission of the African Conference of Precision Agriculture (AfCPA) is to “connect the science and practice needed to put precision agriculture in action for Africa.” Through this mission, AfCPA seeks to provide a pan-African platform focused on highlighting new advances in the fields of experimental and applied precision agriculture.

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to September 15th! Questions pertaining to abstract submissions should be addressed to

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