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 Agriculture has undergone many transformations over thousands of years. Humanity has moved from a society of hunter-gatherers to an agrarian community and then to one where agriculture is handled as an industry, yet still primarily supported at the source by smallholder family farms.

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GCARD3 was a truly global gathering, with over 500 participants from 83 countries and across 15 different recognized sectors, with many more joining us via social media. GCARD3 was a long way from earlier international agricultural research conferences.
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Increasing agricultural productivity in developing countries and promoting youth employment and entrepreneurship are important recommendations of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an important role.
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Between 2013 and 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) undertook a survey of innovative approaches that enable markets to act as incentives in the transition towards sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

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ICTs present the unique solution of connecting these young farmers to opportunities in agriculture in order to create a more knowledgeable and better-supported community.
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Few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas, due to challenges such as limited access to land and financial services and insufficient access to information and education.