Enabling inclusive rural and agrifood system transformation through digitalization by UN FAO

On 27 June 2022, a high level regional event hosted by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific kicked off conversations around enabling inclusive rural and agrifood system transformation through digitalization. This even brought together the industry thought leaders, captains and the ministerial teams from across the region. 

On the Ministerial Roundtable Dr. QU Dongyu, Director-General of FAO shared his opening remarks highlighting the need for knowledge sharing, innovation and digitalization as catalysts to rural transformation and contribution to the UN SDGs. The minsiterial panelists had representatives from Bangladesh, Mongolia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Tonga and ITU, IFAD and ADB. 

Kuza founder Sriram Bharatam participated in the expert roundtable session 2: Partnership initiatives for digital ecosystem development for inclusive rural transformation. The session was ably moderated by Ms. Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General, FAO. 

Navin K. Twarakavi from Asian Development Bank shared the experiences from ADB on supporting the private sector in delivering digital services to farmers and rural communities. John Jack, Chief Communication officer, Office of Prime Minister, Vanuatu shared insights from Multi-partnerships for accelerating digitization in small island states. Carlo Bravi, Senior Economist, FAO shared Ugandan case study on leveraging multi-partnerships to enable digital solutions for agriculture finance. 

Kuza founder and chief mentor Sriram Bharatam shared Kuza’s ground experiences from Africa and India on how private led initiatives to support digital ecosystems to deliver digital services to farmers and rural communities can be done on  sustainable basis at scale and bring youth back into Agriculture.