Tuesday, 28 May 2024 14:55

Time to bridge the digital gap between rural and urban - FAO

Written by  Staff Reporters
The director-general of the FAO says it's time to bridge the digital gap in rural areas. The director-general of the FAO says it's time to bridge the digital gap in rural areas.

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says the UN has a role to play in leveraging the power of digital technologies.

In an address to a High-Level United Nations Dialogue on the Progress and Future of Digital Cooperation, QU Dongyu noted that agriculture is one of the world’s biggest challenges, because digitally rural areas are lagging behind, adding that it is time to bridge the digital gap between urban and rural areas.

“Digitalisation is reshaping our world at its very core, and is having a deep impact on our societies and economies, and our mindsets,” he said, stressing that digitization may have a significant positive impact on agrifood systems transformation to make them more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable.

However, he pointed out that new emerging issues related to safe and ethical use of digital agriculture should be taken into consideration.

This is crucial “to ensure a holistic perspective and an open, free and secure digital future for all as outlined by the Global Digital Compact and other key UN led initiatives towards which we are working together”.

He reiterated FAO’s commitment to continue working closely with all stakeholders in an efficient, effective, and coherent manner to establish a global digital ecosystem to address global challenge.

The session was part of the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which brought together UN leaders to present their respective mandates within the WSIS process and their perspectives on digital for development.

More like this

FAO Food Price Index inches up

The benchmark for world food commodity prices increased for the third consecutive month in May, as higher prices of cereals and dairy products outweighed decreases in quotations for sugar and vegetable oils, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reports.

Let's take our hats off to dairy farmers!

It’s World Milk Day today (June 1), a time to celebrate the vital role that milk, and dairy products play in our lives and acknowledge the tremendous contributions of the New Zealand dairy sector.

What's needed to improve rural connectivity?

With the copper network being phased out within the decade, New Zealand needs a long-term approach to ensure rural Kiwis aren't left behind when it comes to connectivity. Anna Mitchell, executive general manager of Fibre Frontier at Chorus, explains the potential of the right connectivity for the rural sector.


Another solar farm on the cards

Solar generation company, Lodestone Energy is partnering with Haldon Station, located in the heart of the Mackenzie District, to build and operate a 220 MW utility-scale solar farm.


Machinery & Products

Delivering tried and tested brands

Operating for around a decade, Waringa Distribution thoroughly appraises and paddocktests machinery brands prior to market introduction and before assisting…

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Thanks Chuck!

OPINION: After six years of being passed over for every Arts luvvie in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, agriculture has finally…

Not biased

OPINION: Reactions to Budgets are always predictable, following well-worn tracks laid down by political tribalism and ideology.

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter