Digital technologies have the potential to transform food, land and water systems for greater climate resilience and sustainability. There are three challenge areas that CGIAR’s expertise can help to address:
The digital divide: The Global South — especially women and rural areas — are underserved by digital technologies and infrastructure. More than 600 million people live outside of mobile network coverage, 67% in sub-Saharan Africa. Enabling policies and investments are urgently needed.
Inadequate information: Weak information systems prevent evidence-based policy responses, exacerbate poverty and slow economic growth. More than 300 million small-scale producers lack access to digital climate advisory services, and unmanaged risks hinder producers’ adoption of improved technologies.
Limited digital capabilities: Digital literacy and skill levels across the Global South remain low, particularly for marginalized and food-insecure individuals and groups, such as women. Research, codesign and capacity strengthening are needed to channel new evidence to decision-makers, tailor digital advisory content and support better risk management.
This Initiative aims to support sustainable and inclusive transformation of food, land and water systems by bridging the gender and urban-rural digital divide, improving equitable access to and quality of available information and systems, and strengthening local capabilities to best make use of the potential of digital technologies.