Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar

Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar

12-13 June 2019. The Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar  #aginnovation
aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders(policy-makers, development partners, UN system, public and private sector, research and academia).

It identifies the challenges that the digital transformation brings to agriculture and rural systems, and explore pathways for assessing both the risk and opportunities from the digital transformation along the value chains and in rural areas; and the need for a strategy to increase digital maturity in agriculture.

Agriculture is being transformed with digital technologies, ubiquity, portability and mobility anywhere and at any time (smartphones, Internet of Things, cloud-based services), smart and prediction technology (analytics and artificial intelligence) as well as interconnected data-driven systems (distributed data layer, blockchain, etc.).

This has been increasingly improving production and productivity, ensuring faster time to market, operating a streamlined supply chain and reducing operational costs. However, there are potential drawbacks: 

  • cybersecurity and data protection, 
  • labour replacement and re-education, 
  • digital divide and 
  • the risk of increasing the concentration in the private sector.

Extracts of the programme:
12 June
STRENGTHENING SMALLHOLDERS BY BRIDGING THE RURAL DIGITAL DIVIDE

  • Digital agriculture and rural areas—practices in ChinaKe Tang, Director General of Department of Market and Informatization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs P.R. China
  • Making ICT work for smallholders: IFAD perspective ; Thouraya Triki, Director of Sustainable

    Products, Markets and Institutions, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

  • Benefits and risks of digitalization for the poor and smallholders Maximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO
  • Digital4Development strategy in EU support to sustainable agricultureChristophe Larose(see picture) Head, Sector of Sustainable Agriculture from EU- European Commission – DG International Cooperation and Development Video @1:06:00 
    “The Africa-Europe Digital Economy Task Force will present it report tomorrow 13 June in Bucharest”The EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force was launched on 18th December 2018 in Vienna

POLICIES AND STANDARDS FOR DIGITAL AGRICULTURE: THE ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (CONNECTIVITY, LITERACY, REGULATION)

  • Digital agriculture: how the international community can help ; Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-European Union (CTA)

e-evolution of APMA

  • Archil Bukia, Deputy Director, Agricultural Projects Management Agency (APMA), Georgia
  • William Beam, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, United States Department of Agriculture, US
  • Daniel Azevedo(see picture) Director, Trade Division and Digital Agriculture Department, Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisation & General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives (COPA-COGECA)
13 June

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION – RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SECTOR: THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTORS

  • His Excellency Kip Tom, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to FAO, IFAD and WFP, United States – Closing the digital divide 
  • Srinivasu Pappula, Chief Scientist and Global Head Digital Farming Initiatives of Tata Consultancy Service, India – Transforming rural economies with PRIDE(TM)
  • Mouhsine Lakhdissi(see picture) Co-CEO of AGRIDATA, Morocco – Transforming rural economies with PRIDE(TM)
  • Bernhard Yvetot, Vice-President, International Strategy, Orange Group Strategy Division, France – Orange eAgriculture solutions in Africa

INNOVATION LABS AND G-20: ADDRESSING THE 2030 AGENDA

  • Engel Hessel, (see picture) Commissioner for Digitalisation and Director for Digital Innovation at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
    Exchanging Ideas for the Digital Future of Agriculture -What Structures do We Need?
  • Song Wang, Division Director of Department of Market and Informatization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, P.R. China
    Information Technology for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Bernhard Kowatsch, Head, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator#Disrupt
    Hunger and the WFP Innovation Accelerator
  • Jean-Philippe Dop, Deputy Director-General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
    The challenges of digitalization and animal health global approach to address the 2030 agendaWorld Animal Health Information Database (WAHID) Interface: A comprehensive range of information is available from:
  • immediate notifications and follow-up reports submitted by Country / Territory Members notifying exceptional epidemiological events current in their territory
  • six-monthly reports stating the health status of OIE-listed diseases in each Country / Territory.
  • annual reports providing health information and information on the veterinary staff, laboratories and vaccines, etc.

DIGITAL INNOVATION TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE: DEVELOPING AGROMETEOROLOGICAL AND AGRO-CLIMATOLOGICAL CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

  • Michele Bernardi, Senior Consultant in Agrometeorology and Early Warning Systems, Italy Connecting the dots… time is now
  • Srinivasan Arunachalam, JMR InfoTech CEO, India
  • Arif Satria, Rector, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia –
    Earth observation to increase water productivity (Water Productivity Assessment – WAPOR)
  • Livia Peiser, Technical Officer, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, FAO
DIGITAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM – BUILDING CAPACITY AND PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP LOCAL-LED YOUTH ENTERPRISES

  • Marco Gualtieri, Founder and Chairman, Seeds and Chips, Italy
  • Tom Anyonge, Lead Technical Specialist on Youth at the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, IFAD
  • Alex Ntale, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda ICT Chamber, Rwanda Agricultural extension – youth interface towards digital agriculture transformation
  • Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, Agricultural Extension Officer (Systems), FAO
29 May 2019. In the run-up to the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and to further explore the role of ICTs in youth-led agriculture and agribusiness, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, in partnership with the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network, held a month-long online discussion on the Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa Platform.

The webinar, “The Digital Revolution: Engaging Youth in Agriculture through ICTs” explored ICTs and their role in connecting young people to the agriculture sector.

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