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Information and communication technology (ICT) in agriculture: a report to the G20 agricultural deputies

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (main author)
Publication Date:
Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
agricultural development, developing nations, education, education programs, ethical issues, farmers, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), government policies, rural development, telecommunication, access, communication technology, privacy, nongovernmental organizations, data standards, information communication technology, human rights, data ownership, internet governance, farmer-to-farmer communication, investment
57 pages., Report from FAO, Via website., This report responds to the request by the G20 Agricultural Ministers to FAO, IFPRI and OECD in June 2016 to build on their preliminary assessment of existing ICT applications and platforms and make specific proposals for consideration and action by G20 Agriculture Deputies ahead of the next G20 Agricultural Ministers meeting on the best possible mechanism to improve agricultural ICT exchange and cooperation. The report is organized as follows: (i) The section Summary, Evaluation and Recommendations is targeted to policy makers and draws from the detailed review undertaken in Sections 1 to 4 of the report. It provides a succinct but comprehensive account of ICTs in agriculture, including evaluating their impact. It identifies gaps, and puts forward a number of recommendations for the G20 in line with the G20 comparative advantage for collective action. Policies and measures to promote ICTs are crucial for the G20 economies and for agriculture in particular. G20 Ministers of Agriculture can take action to integrate ICTs in agricultural policies and initiatives. The report makes a number of recommendations for concrete actions in the area of ICTs that promote sustainable food systems and contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.(ii) Sections 1 to 4 contain a detailed, albeit not exhaustive review of ICTs in agriculture. There is plethora of ICT applications on agriculture, ranging from using radio to satellite remote sensing, and in Section 2 every effort has been made to provide a comprehensive picture through the discussion of selected applications. Section 3 reviews the platforms and initiatives that promote the use of ICTs, and Section 4 examines governance issues specifically related to principles, rights and privacy. A number of Annexes provide more detail to the reader on a number of areas related to governance.