INTERNATIONAL E-AGRICULTURE FORUM

NOTE ON THE INTERNATIONAL E-AGRICULTURE FORUM

SITIC AFRICA, the International Digital Exhibition dedicated to Africa is an International Digital Business platform involving the African and international offer in a logic of development, partnership, investment and co-project implementation. Over 300 African companies visiting the Exhibition with more than 200 professional visitors from Western countries.

Since its launch in 2016 in Tunis, SITIC AFRICA has always relied on 3 major axes:

  1. Exposure of African potential in the digital sector with Starts Up and Innovation spaces.
  2. Organization of B2B meetings between African and international digital companies between them, and between them and the digital user companies.
  3. The International Forums on applied digital transformation to other sectors of the economy: agriculture, industry and services, including banking and financial services.
    The SITIC AFRICA is a great ecosystem to promote E-agriculture in Africa.

The term E-Agriculture is relatively new and its definition is expected to evolve as this field becomes better known. E-Agriculture is seen as a new field focused on strengthening agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes.

E-Agriculture is a field of activity that seeks to use modern information and communication tools and technologies to increase agricultural productivity and disseminate information relevant to agricultural research, planning, extension, monitoring, commercialization …

More specifically, E-Agriculture involves the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and application of new ways of using ICTs in rural areas, with an emphasis on agriculture. Standards, methodologies, tools, individual and institutional capacity development and political support are the main components of E-Agriculture.

The data acquired through E-Agriculture really has the potential to fundamentally and immediately change food and trade systems. With the introduction of big data analytics, cloud computing, cheaper and better sensors, and high-bandwidth mobile communication, there has been a decade-long revolution in E-Agriculture. , Agriculture 4.0. This paves the way for the next revolution, which will consist of automated operations and autonomous decision-making systems. Agriculture 5.0 will be based on robotics and artificial intelligence. Therefore, the implications of these new technologies are currently unknown and require further socio-economic assessment and strategic and participatory planning.

The development and implementation of 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 to achieve specific agricultural goals and priorities. FAO encourages its Member Nations to make full use of its E-Agriculture strategy guide, facilitation tools and indicators by enriching the proposed sets of indicators with data at the national level and adapting them to the national context. The recommendations presented below are intended for governments:

  1. Help bridge the triple divide:
    • Focusing on addressing connectivity and infrastructure issues in rural areas;
    • Supporting capacity building for public administration, education sector, rural people and farmers in the use of ICTs, tailoring the approach to the needs of women and men, youth and individuals. the elderly and the most vulnerable;
    • Ensuring access to information, knowledge and financial services in the field of E-Agriculture for small and family farmers;
    • By strengthening the role of agricultural innovation systems in general and education and extension services in particular, in the perspective of E-Agriculture;
    • By strengthening (with the help of FAO) the skills, within member countries, of all stakeholders in e-agriculture by putting in place a capacity-building framework and an enabling environment for e-agriculture. -agriculture at all levels, and thus contribute to ensuring that digital innovation occurs in a systematic and sustainable manner.
  2. To underline how important it is to combine innovations in digital technologies and other innovations, among which biological improvement and agroecology, as well as the capacity building of all actors in order to promote a change in the service of the development and offer exclusive solutions in food and agricultural systems;
  3. Develop a structured approach to promote and implement innovative solutions with a view to strengthening the national e-agriculture strategy for the digital switchover in food and agricultural systems, in consultation with the main stakeholders, including developers of ICT solutions, farming organizations and communities, advisory services and academia;
  4. Develop and apply international standards, including on interoperability, open data and data sovereignty;
  5. Fully exploit the inclusive and multi-stakeholder approach for the definition and implementation of e-agriculture policy under the leadership of FAO;

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Tel: 216 71 975 035 / 71 975 054
Fax: +216 71 975 352
e-mail: contact@siticafrica.com
Adress: Kram Exhibition Center

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Ms Nada Ziadi

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