FAO, Japan agree to drive ‘smart agriculture’

Mazino Dickson

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The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) will partner with Japan in a bid to boost the introduction of digital and other new technologies in agriculture.

The FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu and Makoto Osawa, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan agreed to collaborate in the use of drones, information technology communication, data-based agriculture and smart phone apps for farmers.

They also discussed follow-up actions related to the FAO Director-General’s participation in the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in August.

At the meeting, Qu stressed how through enhanced access to appropriate mechanization, small scale farming in Africa can be transformed into a more market-oriented business, improving labour productivity and helping enable farmers to lift themselves out of poverty.

The FAO Director-General noted his appreciation for the support and collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture,Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.