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FAO-ENEA Webinar: Promoting collaborative agricultural research for sustainable agri-food systems for achieving Agenda 2030









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    This Policy Brief is one in a series led by Chulalongkorn University (CU) with support from the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), Ministry of Education, Thailand, in partnership with FAO. The series was initiated to support the ASEAN Work-Plan on Education (AWPE), 2016-2020 implementation while Thailand was Chair of ASEAN in 2019 under the theme: “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.” The Briefs offer critical interdisciplinary perspectives on agri-food systems from social and sustainability sciences. They are fully aligned with the regional initiative on Food System Transformation and are meant to support the work engaged with ASEAN. The first brief focuses on the potential of Higher Education Institutions in South East Asia to contribute to more sustainable agri-food systems. It highlights the need for better documentation and evaluations of tertiary agricultural education, research and extension data and impacts to properly monitor and assess SDG progress. It advocates for strengthened universities encouraging critical thinking, teaching and multi-disciplinary research on Sustainable Agriculture concepts, practices and SDGs helping students, government decision-makers and farmers to make practical choices based on reliable evidence.
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    Realizing the potential of digitization to improve agri-food system – Proposing a new International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture
    A concept note
    2020
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    This concept note has been produced in response to a request by 74 agriculture ministers in January 2019 during the Global Forum on Food and Agriculture (GFFA) and supported financially by the Federal Republic of Germany. It proposes the creating of a new body, an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture, to enhance international cooperation, the exchange of ideas and experiences across borders, creating synergies and avoiding duplication of efforts. It will strive to keep pace with rapid developments in digitalization, working with new digital tools and the highest expertise available. In line with this, it will help to tackle challenges of food security, hunger, health, inclusiveness and sustainability in the agri-food system at national, regional and international levels. With this approach, the Digital Council would provide structured and strategic agricultural policy recommendations on digitalization to governmental and non-governmental actors, strengthen international cooperation in the agri-food system to identify the challenges and solutions. Examples of activities include the organization of international forums to share best policy practices, and promoting interaction among farmers associations from different countries and national- and international-level stakeholders. The scope and function of the proposed Digital Council are summarised herein for consideration by government ministers, international organization members, donors and other stakeholders. It was highly noted amongst all stakeholders involved in the process of producing this concept note that the proposed Digital Council would have significant impacts on increasing the positive benefits of digitization in the food and agriculture sector, contributing to improving rural livelihoods.

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