• Agri-Food and SME Expert

I believe that agriculture and food industry are vital contributors to the economic growth. Therefore, we have to develop Sustainable Food Value Chains (SFVCs).

We have to keep in mind that the climate change mitigation and adaptation, advanced technology investment, agrigenomics, design and prototyping, conservation of biodiversity, agroecology, improving access to finance, ensuring food quality and safety, smart specialization and cluster internationalization, capacity building, market intelligence, promoting access to distribution channels and markets, and global innovation networking and collaboration for the agri-food industry development are the most important pillars now impacting the agri-food industry more than ever before.

In this context, we have to design, develop and implement a Food Value Chain (FVC) development concept, medium-to long-term vision, strategy, roadmap, activity plan and integrate these to our Global Value Chain (GVC) strategy at the firm level and at the country level with the activities across the geographies through fostering the engagement of the agri-food industry growth drivers.

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.

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