New partnership between ITU and FAO to bolster ICT innovation in agriculture
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will strenghten their partnership to boost the the usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in agricultural development and by doing so, supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao signed on September 18th in New York a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the development of e-Agriculture policies and regulations and innovation clusters based on ICTs aimed at the development of rural communities.
"ICTs have a huge potential to support rural development, increase the resilience of rural families, improve access of farmers to markets and other services, and empower women and youth. ICTs will help ensure that the rural population is not left behind," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
The e-Agriculture Community of Practice, launched by FAO and a group of funding partners in 2007, was among the first FAO projects to promote best practices and discussions on the use of ICTs for agricultural development. Today, our online platform counts with over 12,000 members from over 170 countries and territories.