Bridging the digital divide and placing innovation and digital transformation
at the core of the agricultural agenda is key to empower farmers,
enabling greater access to information, finance and markets.



  1. 1 Share global experiences, visions and developments on digital agriculture
  2. 2 Discuss the challenges in realizing the digital transformation of agriculture
  3. 3 Identify sustainable pathways to accelerate digital agriculture transformation














Digital technologies are rapidly changing the way people, businesses, and governments work. They affect entire food systems, everyone involved, and bring significant benefits to agriculture through lower information, transaction, and surveillance costs. While digital technologies can make a significant contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they also pose economic, social, and ethical challenges, in particular with regard to privacy and security, and in terms of the impact they can have on business, employment and markets.

The equity and efficiency of global agri-food systems can greatly benefit from digital technologies, and for that to happen, it requires a coordinated and inclusive promotion of innovative practices, and a balanced policy framework to reduce risks and ensure that no one is left behind.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) harnesses the power of digital technologies to pilot, accelerate and scale innovative ideas with high potential for impact in food and agriculture, transforming digital solutions and services into global public goods. It aims to explore the responsible application and adoption of existing and frontier technologies, design and scale new services, tools and approaches to empower rural households and inspire youth entrepreneurship in food and agriculture.

For the further development of the agricultural sector, the Government of Azerbaijan adopted in 2016 the Strategic Roadmap for the Production and Processing of Agricultural Products in the Republic of Azerbaijan, which foresees the establishment of an integrated electronic information portal with the aim of creating a unified database system. This unified system includes the basic principles of data management to form a comprehensive agricultural information database. In 2019, the Government launched the website as an online platform of Azerbaijan’s Electronic Agricultural Information System to be closer to farmers. This is an innovative initiative that combines the principles of proximity, good governance and innovation to farmers and ensures access to agricultural services and transparency in the provision of these services.

The main objective of this Conference is to bring together various stakeholders to share global experiences, visions, and developments in the area of agricultural and digital rural transformation, as well as present the Azerbaijani model and discuss further ways to improve the system and its possible replication in other countries.




Agenda (draft)



9:00 - 10:00

Registration / Welcome coffee


10:00 - 10:30

High-level opening session

Mr. Inam Karimov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr. Qu Dongyu, FAO Director-General

Mr. Pau Roca Basco, Director General of International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV)

Mr. Mukhtar Babayev, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr. Qoshqar Tahmazli, Chairman of the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan


10:30 - 10:35

Sustainable and Inclusive Agrifood Systems Development in Azerbaijan (video)


Keynote session I
10.35 – 10.50

Digital Technologies for the Sustainable Transformation of Agrifood Systems

Maximo Torero, Chief Economist (FAO)





Keynote session II
11.00 - 11.30

E-Agriculture – Azerbaijani Experience in Digitalization of Agricultural systems

MOA Representative






Coffee break


Panel session I

eGovernment Services in Agriculture – an entry point to rural development, digitalization and modernization

• Daniela Di Gianantonio, Digital Agriculture Team Leader – FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
• Tassos, Haniotis, Director for Strategy and Policy Analysis, European Commission DG AGRI
• Julian Lampietti, Manager for Global Engagement in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank
• Janice Zdankus, VP Innovation for Social Impact, HPE Foundation/Agstack - tbc
• Temesgen Gebeyehu, Director of Digital Agriculture, Ethiopia Agricultural Transformation Agency
• Nurlan Hamidli, Advisor to Minister
• Representative /E-gov Azerbaijan



Panel Discussion / Q&A


13.00 - 14.00

Lunch break


Panel session II

Accelerating Digital Agriculture: Challenges, Perspectives and Sustainable Pathways for Data, its Access and its Ethical Use

• Dejan Jakovljevic, Chief Information Officer, FAO
• Natalia Mochu, Regional office for CIS, International Telecommunication Union
• Thule Lenneiye, Kenya ATO - tbc
• Firdovsi Fikratzada, Director of Agrarian Research Center, Azerbaijan
• Mr. Stefano Vaccari, Director General of the Council for Agricultural Research (CREA)/Italy



Panel Discussion / Q&A



Coffee break



Digitalization in agriculture: the way forward, approaches and best practices for adoption

Governments play a critical role in providing the core digital and data infrastructure, regulations, services, and public goods to enable technologies to flourish in agriculture. However, Governments face several trade-offs when articulating their digital agriculture strategies, approaches and solutions. Which digital interventions should be prioritized to accelerate agriculture transformation?
Guest country statements




Closing session

Mr. Inam Karimov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mr. Qu Dongyu, FAO Director-General



Gala Dinner





Our Speakers


Inam Karimov

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Mukhtar Babayev

Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Otar Shamugia

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia

Qu Dongyu

FAO Director-General

Pau Roca Basco

Director General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV)

Blayne Arthur

Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture

Vahid Kirischi

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey

Jamshid Khodjaev

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Stefano Vaccari

Director General of the Council for Agricultural Research of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies of the Republic of Italy

Tassos Haniotis

Director General of Agriculture and Rural Development of European Comission

Karimzoda Sadi Gafor

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan

Maximo Torero

Chief Scientist FAO HQ

Daniela Di Gianantonio

Digital Agriculture Team Leader FAO REU

Viorel Gutu

Subregional Coordinator FAO SEC

Dejan Lakovljevic

Director of AgroInformatics FAO CSI

Temesgen Gebeyehi

Director of Digital Agriculture of Ethiopia Agricultural Transformation Agency

Thule Lenneiye

Coordinator of Agriculture Transformation Office under Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives of the Republic of Kenya

Firdovsi Fikrətzada

Director of Agrarian Research Center of Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Nurlan Hamidli

Adviser of the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Qu Liang

Director of the Joint FAO/IAEA Center on Nuclear Techniques on Food and Agriculture