FAO Supports Indonesia's Rural, Agriculture Transformation through Digitization

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28 September 2022 23:28 WIB
Bilateral Meeting Indonesia and FAO

TEMPO.CO, Jimbaran - Digitalization encompasses all stages in the agrifood systems, including food production, distribution, trade, processing, and consumption. Indonesia is now pulling all its efforts to transform rural areas through digitalization that can facilitate smallholders' integration into markets to foster sustainable income and improve livelihoods.

Indonesia's rural transformation through digitalization was highlighted at a meeting between FAO Director General Qu Dongyu and the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yassin Limpo on the sidelines of the G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in Jimbaran Bali, on September 27.

FAO Director-General reaffirmed his support for Indonesia’s efforts to develop a national e– agriculture strategy including guidance on agriculture data integrity in the use of geospatial information.

“Digitalization plays an important role in accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by diversifying incomes and unlocking on-farm and off-farm employment and business opportunities, especially for the new generation of farmers and young people,” said FAO Director General.

The Director General praised the establishment of Indonesia’s Agriculture Control Room (Agriculture War Room), which uses advanced digital technologies to improve data and evidence-based decision-making. 

“In the current Industry 4.0 era, agricultural activities no longer rely on manual labor but combine mechanization with digital technology that can condition agricultural cultivation businesses to be more precise,” the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture said. 

In the meeting, the Minister shared his views on the Ministry of Agriculture's cooperation with FAO in the animal health sector. The cooperation is focusing on the One Health approach to address Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

In the meeting, FAO DG also thanked Indonesia for the longstanding collaboration with FAO to sustainably transform agrifood systems. 

FAO hopes that Indonesia's prominent role in the Southeast Asian region will help bring the importance of agrifood systems transformation into the limelight as a regional priority.


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