Thursday, March 5th, FAO Headquarters in Rome hosted a behind closed doors event on “Public-private sector collaboration: The link between digital technology, trade and sustainable food chains”.

ICC has always been working closely with the UN Agencies to build a more peaceful and prosperous world for all as the
public-private partnerships is crucial for promoting economic growth, particularly in the agri-food sector where the agricultural market intelligence – the experts say – will reach an estimated value of 23,14 billion dollars by 2022.
What’s more, the current digital revolution is vital to provide the agri-food sector with the appropriate tools as be able to face the most urgent challenges of our times: ensuring a good diet for all, tackling climate change, protecting the quality of products and protect biodiversity.

“Digital technologies can contribute to improving food security, generating decent jobs and managing natural resources sustainably, but if we are not carefull enough we could have a some risks in social, ethical, economic and environmental fiedls” said Maximo Torero, Assistant Directort General for Economic and Social Development at FAO.

In fact, we have to keep in mind that digital technologies hold benefits as well as risks: without complements they can lead to concentration, inequality and control which are the opposites of innovation, efficiency and inclusion.
Therefore, focusing on blockchain solutions and outcomes becomes vital for more efficient, traceable and trasparent trade and food chains.

“We believe in profit but we think it is not only important how much profit, we care about how, in which way, profit is achieved” said John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce “As a leading and neutral voice in the agri-food industry ICC can play a key role in supporting the evolution from traditional trade to digital trade in order to secure peace and prosperity to everyone”.

Furthermore, ICC has launched the Digital Trade Standards Initiative (DSI) – a collaborative cross industry effort to enable the standardization of digital trade. The ICC DSI also aims at promoting greater economic inclusion through the development of open trade standards.

“Australian producers are embracing digital technologies such as apps for pest identification, drones for crop monitoring, robotic dairies and virtual fences for remote stock movements and health monitoring” said H.E. Dr Greg French, Ambassador of Australia to Italy while presenting the “2030 Roadmap” of National Farmers Federation of Australia.

“ePhyto – the electronic equivalent of a paper phytosanitary certificate – is a good solution because reduces costs/time in trade, improves security, semplify the information flow between traders and government” said Craig Fedchock, ePhyto Group Lead, International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat.

“Eating well, genuinely, responsibly, healthily and safely is a primary right. What means this for pOsti? During each phase of the chain, data monitoring and traceability can be done either manually – data entry/documents – or automated-monitoring stations, laboratory analysis, interconnected ovens etc.” said Stefano Silvi, Agronomist and Agri-tech expert at pOsti.

The event was moderated by Maria Beatrice Deli, Secretary General of ICC Italia, who highlighted the importance of literacy in the digital technologies’ field and remarked three dimensions on which we all have to focus: Inclusion – Efficiency and Innovation.