Updated: Nov 23
The EWA-BELT Project participated in the 22nd Infopoverty World Conference "“The Digital Citizen: duties and rights to build a fairer future Society” and presented the most innovative strategies in the field of Digital Agriculture and Food Security.
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On 1 December 2022, EWA-BELT presented its results at the XXII Infopoverty World Conference, an annual UN Flagship Event organised by OCCAM, the Observatory on Digital Communication affiliated with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and partner of the Project. This year the Conference took place in presence at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and online on Webex live-streamed on the UN Webcast.
The topic of the Conference “The Digital Citizen: Duties and Rights to build a Fairer Future Society” opened the works for a shared Plan of Action to be presented at the United Nations addressing the undergoing phenomenology and outlining future strategies to be adopted not only to achieve the SDGs and the Agenda2030, but also in view of a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable Digital Society, one that encompasses all public and private stakeholders the opportunities and the challenges of Digital Citizenship.
Within the three sessions of the discussion, particular attention was devoted to the EWA-BELT Project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Programme (GA 862648). Representatives of the project presented the most innovative technologies generated so far within the Consortium in the agricultural field.
Giovanna Seddaiu, Professor of Agronomics at UNISS and EWA-BELT Project Coordinator, underlined the ambition of the EWA-Belt project in its contribution to the achievements of the sustainable development goal number 2: Zero Hunger. Sheila Okoth, Professor of Botany at the University of Nairobi presented the remote PLANT HEAlth Diagnostic (PLANTHEAD) network in Eastern and Western Africa, a remote tool that supports farmers in the access to prompt information on crop diseases and its management and showed how this tool has improved communication between farmers, extension workers, researchers and policymakers. Marco Cereda, Advanced research team leader – System Research and Applications Division at STMicroelectronics, showed how the Q3, a compact platform for qPCR developed by STMicroelectronics, has been used during the EWA-BELT Project thanks to the development of a dedicated software which allowed a DNA extraction procedure from plants to find a targeted mycotoxin.
On these premises, the Plan of Action will encompass all the opportunities and challenges posed by all the nuances of the Digital Revolution and define a roadmap to be adopted by policymakers, international organizations, businesses and Civil Society for a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable society to emerge where the Digital Citizen truly becomes an active member of an ethical and SDGs-inspired community.
Report of the discussion (pp 20-30 on EWA-BELT)