Join Amplio and our panel of experts for a high-level policy conversation and down-to-earth solutions for delivering climate-smart agriculture to last-mile communities, especially women and girls.
First introduced by FAO in 2010, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) has a triple-win goal to increase production, build resiliency, and reduce emissions. From the start, technology has figured into the equation. ICTs range from agro-climatic forecast apps to soil moisture mapping drones, with smartphones and broadband at the top of the list.
Big donors are focused on funding interventions that address climate impact. (In 2020, 52% of World Bank financing in agriculture also targeted climate adaption and mitigation.) At the same time, in March of this year, ITU reported that 85% of the world’s population has access to 4G networks. But nearly half of those with 4G coverage remained offline in 2020, mostly due to the high cost of Internet access. ITU's analysis revealed that in 39 out of 43 low-income countries, broadband is still unaffordable.
So how do we address these competing realities? How do we reach people who can’t afford a phone, let alone a drone? How do we empower women and girls in the agriculture sector?
Join Bea Covington, Global Partnerships Director, and our panel of experts to explore this dichotomy and how we can overcome the growing digital divide.