Data and Digital as Enabler for Circular Agri-Food Systems
World Bank Group (WBG)
Time: Friday, 20. January 2023, 09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Language: English, German
Data-driven and digital agriculture is a catalyst with wide-ranging potential to transform food systems and affect the lives of billions. Digitization can therefore enable circular agriculture and food systems by overcoming technical barriers and information asymmetries. To discuss the potential and challenges of data and digital technologies to enable the circular food-system transformation, the panel convened experts from academia, industry, private foundations, and the World Bank. The keynote introduced the topic, summarized concrete investment and capacity building activities of the World Bank related to data and digital as well as highlighted ongoing knowledge and learning platforms including analytical work and flagship reports. Panelists brought forward concrete examples from their work and a vision for future development and scaling of circular agri-food systems. Key take-aways were the need for systemic changes, global data streams, system integration and a holistic consideration of both culture and context in designing and implementing the discussed tools, technologies, and business models. Interdisciplinary work and cross-sector collaboration will be driving this transformation. The panel was well attended with active audience interaction and a wide array of questions covering technical, equity and sustainability aspects of circular agri-food systems. The discussion will lay the groundwork for further engagement, knowledge, and analytics on this topic.
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Hannah van ZantenAssociate Professor and Interim Chair Holder, Farming Systems Ecology Group, Wageningen University and Research
Cornelia WeltzienHead of Department, Agromechatronics, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB)