The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Spain’s Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, have agreed to work together in the use of innovative digital technologies for agricultural development and food security in developing countries
The FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva explained that the joint initiative aims to use digitalization and data so that farmers can access vital information to improve their livelihoods and strengthen their resilience to climate change.
“This partnership will help us face one of the greatest current challenges in the fight against hunger, poverty and the effects of climate change in agriculture. Access to reliable information, including that related to changing weather patterns, is essential to empower farmers, especially those who live in developing countries,” Graziano da Silva said.
The Telefonica’s Global Director of Public Affairs Strategy, Trinidad Jiménez, said that the use of innovative digital technologies would prepare and strengthen farmers in the face of extreme weather events related to climate change.
“We hope that our data, knowledge and technologies will contribute to the development of our society and digitalisation will add value to organizations like FAO that make decisions based on data as a transforming element,” She said.
The agreement, which has an initial duration of three years, includes Digital education capacity building and the use of specialized hardware on issues related to irrigation for an efficient use of water