INTERNATIONAL E-AGRICULTURE FORUM
In the era of digital inclusion, Africa has everything to gain from using digital technologies to achieve the SDGs. In the agricultural sector, digital technologies open up great opportunities to anticipate and develop digital solutions and connect farmers to markets. Furthermore, the adoption of digital technologies can create new alternative sources of income for young people, women and smallholder farmers with business opportunities that increase their income.
In this context, the collaboration between information and communication technologies (ICT) and the agricultural sectors “the E-Agriculture” is essential to formulate a common vision and action plan for the use of ICT in agriculture and create synergies.
M. KOBENAN KOUASSI ADJOUMANI,
Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
The use and mastery of modern information and communication technologies in the rural area is likely to increase agricultural productivity and disseminate information of interest to agricultural research, planning, extension, monitoring, marketing, etc.
Digital agriculture standards, methodologies, tools, individual and institutional capacity development and policy support are the main components of E-Agriculture.
Data acquired through E-Agriculture truly has the potential to fundamentally and immediately change food and business systems.
The analysis of big data by modern computing and the progress of Agriculture 4.0 paves the way for the next (r)evolution Agriculture 5.0, which will consist of automated farms and autonomous decision-making systems . It will be based on robotics and artificial intelligence. Therefore, the impacts of these new technologies are currently unknown and should be subject to further socio-economic assessment and strategic and participatory planning.
Developing and implementing a national E-Agriculture strategy is a key step for any country planning to use ICTs for agriculture to help reduce poverty, improve security food and nutrition and improve competitiveness.
FAO encourages its member countries to make full use of its strategic guide on E-Agriculture.
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