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Transforming the #GlobalFoodSystem one byte at a time

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The way we work, travel, interact and access public services have all been transformed by smart devices, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), all of which are themselves rapidly evolving. This transformation is even going as far as impacting what we eat, with scientific breakthroughs from lab-grown meat to artificial flour. But as we rise to the challenge of achieving zero hunger in the next 10 years, there is no doubt that digitalization is the game changer with the potential.

Digital technologies like blockchain, drones and satellites used in increasingly creative ways, offer the opportunity to create digital services, tools and platforms that disrupt traditional agriculture. These applications can streamline labour-intensive practices such as monitoring crop health as well as opening up agribusiness markets and online networks.to transform how we produce food to meet global demand. 

The potential impact is enormous and far-reaching, but it is only likely to be fulfilled if it is channelled and coordinated internationally to ensure that everyone benefits. Most importantly, this means reaching millions of smallholder farmers, who contribute as much as a third of global food production, and are often in the most remote, vulnerable regions.

To achieve this, we urgently need clear global leadership that will chart a path towards greater digitalization for agriculture that helps produce more food for more people with ever fewer resources.