China shares digital agriculture plan to FAO
The United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has welcomed the sharing of China’s digital agriculture plan on its e-agriculture platform.
“Digitalization has become an important driving force for rural transformation, creating new opportunities for farmers,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.
“I thank China for making available through FAO its national plan, sharing with others its experiences and good practices. I hope there will other countries joining in, to help promote dialogue and digital agriculture across the world,” he added.
China’s Development Plan for Digital Agriculture and Rural Areas (2019-2025) has been made available on FAO’s e-agriculture website, in English and Chinese.
China’s offer of its national plan through FAO’s e-agriculture platform provides guidelines and actionable points for utilizing technology and big data, for examples, in furthering rural digital transformation.
In recent years, China has made great strides in integrating the internet, big data and artificial intelligence in the development of agriculture and accelerating the use of e-commerce in rural areas.
One example was the creation of ‘broadband villages’ which improved internet speed and reduced tariffs to encourage farmers to adopt more internet-based solutions.