Time: Friday, 18 January 2019, 10:30 pm -11:45 am
Location: CityCube Berlin, Level 3, M1
Agricultural transformation is key to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods in the rural space. Rapidly emerging technologies to capture, manage, communicate, and use information in digital form are dramatically transforming the way that farming and agribusiness are done across the globe. At the same time digital technologies, like other technologies, may exacerbate inequality due to differential access and skill premiums, reduce market concentration and other factors.
The changes that will be brought about by digital technologies can be broadly separated into on-farm and off-farm impacts. On-farm impacts are generally associated with productivity and efficiency gains, lower costs and increased knowledge, and the role of the public sector in generating and disseminating knowledge is well established. The role of the public sector in managing off-farm digital transformation of the agricultural transformation and mitigating negative impacts is less well established. Both on-farm and off-farm, new questions arise around the vast amount of data produced from farm to fork, its privacy and its ownership.
Policy innovations for the digital age are urgently needed. While private sector companies tend to focus on digital innovation, market penetration and returns on investment, the public sector has a role to play in identifying public goods, policies, and investments that will ensure the efficient, equitable and environmentally sustainable distribution of digital dividends.
The emergence of digital tools and technologies is also making it possible for public agricultural and food programs and policies to be more efficient, relevant, evidence based, targeted, transparent and monitorable.
This session, convened by the World Bank, will bring together leaders and innovators from the public and private sectors who are witnessing firsthand the structural changes underway in agriculture and food as a result of the digital boom.
The panel discussion will seek to increase awareness and support for public policies that can guide these structural changes toward achieving national development strategies and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In order to register to the expert panel discussion please use the online registration.
The World Bank Group
Global Director of Agriculture Practice, World Bank
Secretary, Department of Agriculture, the Philippines
Vice President, National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Uruguay
Director, Head of Agribusiness, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Esben Lunde Larsen
World Resources Institute Fellow
Senior Operate Specialist, Alibaba Group
Chief Operating Officer, Hello Tractor, Kenya
Business Development Director, OneSoil, Belarus