ICTforAg 2022: Conference

In March 2022, all focus on the two-days virtual conference ICTforAg lies on a technical dialogue and collaboration-building across the digital agriculture ecosystem to support resilient communities.

The ICTforAg conference provides a platform for exchange on the most promising solutions for the future of agriculture in a digital world. © GIZ/i4Ag

By Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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The ICTforAg 2022 Conference takes place virtually from March 9th until 10th 2022 and convenes the leading stakeholders from the agri-tech and agri-food space across low and middle income countries (LMICs). Implemented by DAI and Intellecap, the ICTforAg 2022 is sponsored by Feed the Future and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the GIZ Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag). This interactive virtual experience is focused on technical dialogue and fostering collaboration across the digital agriculture ecosystem to build resilient communities.

 

Given the growing emphasis on digital interventions in agriculture, ICTforAg 2022 provides a platform for the community at large to share insights and catalyze partnerships that support progressive solutions.

 

ICTforAg 2022 will focus on four cross-cutting themes woven throughout the conference. Like that, it explores how data, technologies, and digital innovations are remaking agri-food spaces around the world and what we can do collectively to ensure the potential of digital technologies benefits all market actors and countries.

 

The four themes are:

Abbildung des SLE basierend auf FIES-Indikator der FAO.
Development from the grounds, literally. Engaging those who know their local challenges best.© GIZ/i4Ag
  • Locally-led Development: Creating grassroots impact requires a deep understanding of local challenges, contexts and resource availability. This theme focuses on local actors leading the charge in the design, deployment and uptake of digital agriculture solutions, content, and enabling policies.
 
Quinoa könnte in Zentralasien ein riesiges Potenzial haben, wo das Aralseebecken besonders stark von der Versalzung betroffen ist. Foto: ICBA
Which technologies can help mitigate the effects of climate change and move agriculture towards a greener future? © GIZ/i4Ag
  • Climate: Agriculture and food systems have been severely disrupted by climate change across the globe, with the most vulnerable facing the brunt. This theme focuses on the benefits of adopting digital technologies which promote climate-friendly solutions and help mitigate the impact of climate change in LMICs.

 

Quinoa könnte in Zentralasien ein riesiges Potenzial haben, wo das Aralseebecken besonders stark von der Versalzung betroffen ist. Foto: ICBA
Not only wealth and resources are spread unevenly across the world. Bridging the digital divide to give agri-businesses around the globe access to technological solutions. © GIZ/i4Ag
  • Digital Inclusion: Even as the penetration of digital technologies continues to grow rapidly in much of the world, inequalities in access and adoption continue to exist. This theme focuses on approaches helping to bridge the digital divide, particularly amongst vulnerable and marginalized populations so that all agri-food system actors may benefit from the digital economy.

 

Quinoa könnte in Zentralasien ein riesiges Potenzial haben, wo das Aralseebecken besonders stark von der Versalzung betroffen ist. Foto: ICBA
In our interconnected world, data and information can be powerful assets in our interconnected world. Thus, data sovereignty plays an important role for people in agri-business. © GIZ/i4Ag
  • Digital and Data Sovereignty: The digitization of the agricultural sector has expanded significantly in recent years. Thus, the collection of farmers- and agricultural data skyrockets, often without considering sovereignty issues. The theme focuses on solutions enabling farmers and other agri-food system actors to control how their data is used. It furthermore increases the actors’ stake in the governance and decision-making processes of the digital solutions they use.

 

Register for ICTforAg on March 9th to 10th 2022 for a virtual convening experience exploring the current state and future trends of digital agriculture. For further information, visit ictforag.com.

 

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Climate Resilience in the Apple Value Chain

A Contribution by Puneet Bansal

In Himachal Pradesh, India, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and climatic conditions are changing – with negative consequences for apple production and farmers' livelihoods. Holistic and multidimensional innovation bundles are required for the entire value chain in order to make the food system more resilient in the future.

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