AgResults to Highlight Role of Private Sector to Drive Digital Inclusion at Virtual #ICTforAg2020 Conference

November 12, 2020

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How can development programs engage the private sector to drive digital inclusion? On November 18, AgResults joins a virtual panel to answer this question during the ICTforAg 2020 Conference, which focuses on advancing resilience and food security in today’s digital technology-mediated world.

The “Facilitating Digital Inclusion through Private Sector Engagement” panel will feature Parasto Hamed of AgResults, Diana Popa of Extensio, and German Gonzalez of Agropecuaria Popoyan. Jean-Michel Voisard of RTI International will serve as the moderator.

Achieving inclusive digital systems requires joint efforts across the public and private sector. The session recognizes this and explores how development programming can actively encourage this collaboration. AgResults’ portion focuses on how its Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project, a Pay-for-Results prize competition, is using a digital tool to track dairy input sales and delivery. Ms. Hamed will demonstrate how the project is using a Data Collection and Tracking System (DCTS) to build stronger linkages between suppliers and farmers and improve access to information – and from there, a more inclusive value chain. Not only will the DCTS facilitate these linkages during the project, but the hope is that market actors will continue to leverage the tool to sustain behaviors after the project ends.

Sponsored by Feed the Future, ICTforAg 2020 is an entirely virtual event that features a diverse set of perspectives, ranging from development organizations and private sector companies to entrepreneurs and technology experts. Reflecting current challenges and opportunities, conference sessions will focus on how digital agriculture can tackle global disruption, how development programs can engage the private sector, and how to collectively create sustainable inclusive food systems that leverage cutting-edge technology.

This year’s event runs in a series of 16-hour cycles, starting and ending according to different time zones to make it accessible to participants across the world. Pre-recorded sessions will be supplemented by live Q&A, enabling attendees and presenters to engage in real-time conversations.

To register for the ICTforAg Conference and find more information about the event, visit the event website.

Funded by USAID (US), FCDO (UK), DFAT (Australia), GAC (Canada), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AgResults has designed and implemented prize competitions since 2013 that focus on spurring fundamental change in market relationships between the private sector and smallholder farmers.

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