1. Connect smallholders and businesses to improve access to domestic and international markets

2. Secure long-term, cost-effective and reliable supply and management of commodities

3. Design, develop and implement policies and actions on technological advances (include ICT, agrigenomics, energy access, infrastructure, etc.) and changing needs of the society through regarding uncertainties and promoting an entrepreneurial society

4. Decide where to play along the agrifood value chain to create value for the final consumer

5. Establish organizational agility and ensure alignment of the projects and programmes to the business development

6. Diversify products and/or services along agrifood value chains, and/or specialize in certain products and/or services

7. Develop and implement future business scenario and adjust regularly

8. Develop knowledge and skills, and build organizational and operational capabilities and partnerships to ensure growth, competitiveness and internationalization

9. Apply advanced farm to fork and biodiversity strategies to create a well-balanced nature, food systems and biodiversity

10. Promote effective and innovative financing mechanisms

Updated: Aug 21

I believe that food systems should be sustainable.

When we redesign our food systems, the use of ICT and digital technologies will be valuable to increase agricultural productivity, reduce GHG emissions, improve biodiversity, and provide food safety and security. This will create great impact on the achievement of the UN SDGs, economic development, and welfare.

Let’s look at the key drivers of the ICT in agriculture:

1. Low-cost and pervasive connectivity to mobile cellular phones along agri-food chains;

2. Adaptable and more affordable sensing technologies and mobile devices with multi-sensory inputs and outputs;

3. Advances in data storage capacity, interoperability and ability to exchange information, linking to decision support systems and GIS;

4. New business development strategies, innovative business models, networking, new partnerships and forms of investment, digital literacy of users, and agricultural expertise;

5. Interactions of ICTs with biology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, space technology and materials science;

6. Accessible agricultural information and science for institutions, SMEs, farmers and other stakeholders.

  • Agri-Food and SME Expert

There is increasing consideration of widespread policy changes to have the competitive advantages of the agroecology to transform food and agricultural systems towards more sustainable and equitable food systems in and around cities and rural areas.

We have to consider its elements in planning, managing and evaluating agroecological transitions. These are diversity, sharing of knowledge, synergies, efficiency, recycling, human and social values, culture and food traditions, product development, responsible governance, circular and solidarity economy.

It seems that effectively applying these elements can contribute to socioeconomic development, generate employment and improvements in ecosystem services and create sustainable agriculture and food systems. Therefore, agroecology and food policy emerge strongly on local development agendas as a network of cities to build synergy and competitive advantages in the world today.

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