Digital Technology in Agriculture and Food Security
ADB’s digital technology efforts are raising agricultural productivity and the quality of life of farmers and the rural poor by improving information flows, communication, and access to reliable, up-to-date information. This enables strategic decision-making by farmers and prevents or mitigates losses caused by natural disasters.
Through ICT, farmers and agricultural producers can more easily access relevant and timely information—from the acquisition of quality seeds, credit and insurance, water supply for irrigation, to livestock care and market prices. ADB’s efforts in this area help create and spread agricultural knowledge, disseminate up-to-date technology, facilitate trainings, and connect rural enterprises to markets.
Featured ICT-related Projects in the Agriculture Sector
|River Basin Water Resources Management and Development||
This TA aims to improve transparency and efficiency of the public procurement system.
Some of its activities include: (i) review and assess existing hardware and software elements of data collection and transfer; (ii) design means of transferring existing data into new databases; and (ii) select GIS software and formulate structure for an inventory of water and related natural resources.
|Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase 2)||This TA aims to enhance market access for environmentally friendly agricultural products produced by smallholders. One of its outputs is to establish the “electronic trade of environmentally friendly agri-food production of smallholders,” which entails piloting a road map for e-trade operations, including a cross-border trade administration system for agri-food products and e-trade modalities.|
|Applying Remote Sensing Technology in River Basin Management||This TA aims to improve river basin management including flood risk management using SBT and ICT in target countries. The project’s specific agenda include: (i) developing application methodology on space based technology (SBT) and information communication technology (ICT) for water-related disaster management; (ii) developing strategies and programs for water-related disaster mitigation applying SBT and ICT; and (iii) developing capacity for SBT and ICT.|
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