June 22, 2017
Written by Food and Agriculture Organization
This post originally appeared on FAO’s website.
While the need for e-agriculture strategies is acknowledged by many stakeholders, most countries are yet to adopt a strategic approach in making the best use of ICT developments in agriculture. E-agriculture strategies will help to rationalize resources (financial and human) and address holistically, the ICT opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector in a more efficient manner while generating new revenue streams and improve the livelihoods of the rural community as well as ensure the goals of the national agriculture master plan are achieved.The existence of e-agriculture strategy and its alignment with other government plans will prevent e-agriculture projects and services from being implemented in isolation.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with their domain knowledge in agriculture and in the use of emerging technologies for food security, agriculture, and rural development and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) the lead UN specialized agency on ICTs with support from partners including the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) have come together to develop an E-agriculture Strategy Guide and also to assist countries to develop their National E-agriculture Strategy/Masterplan based on the guide.