As part of its recently launched research for development (R4D) initiative on digital innovation, CGIAR organized a two-day stakeholder consultation workshop in Bhubaneswar, Odisha last 8-9 November.
With a significant increase in use of digital technologies in the agriculture, food, and water systems over the past few years, a large number of agri-tech and downstream ventures have emerged across the globe. Several efforts and resources have been dedicated to strengthening digital agriculture in developing nations. Unlike efforts of the past, which were mostly on-farm, digital technologies are giving rise to innovations at multiple points in the land, water, and food system value chains. These innovations have penetrated the rural and traditional communities very swiftly and revolutionary innovations are coming from low and middle income countries.
The CGIAR Digital Innovation initiative aims to develop and accelerate the use of digital innovations that can support inclusive, equitable, and sustainable transformation of food, land, and water systems. The initiative will identify strategies and investment priorities to make an enabling digital ecosystem so that relevant information can be delivered effectively and equitably for farming communities and value chain actors to be prepared and equipped to handle risks emanating from climate change and other shocks and make their livelihoods and incomes more robust and sustainable. The initiative will also work with vulnerable and unreached smallholder women and men farmers to enhance their knowledge and capabilities to use digital innovations.