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Localizing the SDGs: Agri-food systems transformation as a key accelerator (Side Event at the RFSD 2023)









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    Digital Revitalization of the Agri-food Sector in Mashreq
    Focus on Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon
    2021
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    Sustainably developing the agri-food sector in Mashreq countries is of paramount importance for food security, job creation, expanded export potential, and social stability and inclusion.Digital technologies could create a new momentum for economic development by accelerating the structural transformation process and by supporting the transition toward a more competitive, commercially oriented, and export-oriented agriculture and agri-business sector. Like any major technology change, digital transformation of the agri-food sector also comes with risks that need to be understood and appropriately managed.Digital technologies show promise for advancing the digital transformation of the agriculture sector in the three Mashreq countries (Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon), although their adoption is still at a relatively early stage.Digital agriculture in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon is limited by many factors.Achieving successful results in Mashreq will require that: 1)users have a better awareness of digital applications, and 2)digital applications provide timely, localized, and customized information addressing specific farming concerns in a comprehensible format and in Arabic or local languages. The public sector has an important role in identifying public goods, policies, and investments needed to maximize the societal benefits from digital agriculture in increasing efficiency, equity, and environmental sustainability in agri-food systems.The catalytic investments and policies include establishing e-Government systems for all public services, facilitating the deployment of smart irrigation and fertilizer management systems along with appropriate policies to safeguard overexploitation of natural resources, and fostering digital ecosystem development.To stimulate the agriculture sector’s digital transformation, governments should enable the following digital and non-digital foundations.
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    Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation Initiative - FAST 2022
    The aspirational goal of FAST is to implement concrete actions that would result in improving the quantity and quality of climate finance contributions to transform agriculture and food systems by 2030, to support adaptation and maintain a 1.5-degree pathway whilst supporting food and economic security. The FAST initiative will be a multi-stakeholder partnership acting as an accelerator to transform agrifood systems to deliver triple wins: for people, for climate and for nature. FAST is designed as a catalyst, building on ongoing global and regional initiatives and coalitions to drive effective actions, and avoiding duplication.
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    UN 2023 Water Conference Side Event - National Water Roadmaps towards the 2030 Agenda
    22 March 2023, 18:30-19:45, UNHQ
    2023
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    In the framework of the UN 2023 Water Conference which took place in UN headquarters, New York from 22 to 24 March, FAO organized a Side Event on "National Water Roadmaps towards the 2030 Agenda". FAO proposed a new initiative called National Water Roadmaps to help Member countries strengthen the inter-sectoral coordination on sustainable water resources management and accelerate the implementation of SDG 6 as well as the 2030 Agenda. This Side Event provided a platform for highlighting the central leadership role of national government in water governance, sharing information about the National Water Roadmaps for all SDGs and discussing the country-owned development process of national water roadmaps supported by FAO, UN-Water and others. This document presents the key issues discussed during the Side Event and the key recommendations for action.

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