Final Thoughts and Perspectives
• The challenge is to make the agricultural sector and its up and downstream activities competitive through innovation and investment by “smart farming” technologies • Acceptance of highly processed imported food in favor of organic locally grown food has created a health crisis in the region • The perception of farming as a low skilled labor coupled with the psychological scars of economic slavery and the vestiges of colonialism makes traditional agriculture unattractive to this generation
• The COVID-19 crisis has further intensified other challenges agriculture faces in five areas: efficiency, resilience, digitization, agility, and sustainability. • The crisis has accentuated the necessity to rapidly adopt smart agriculture • Re-purposing current GDP and allocating financial resources to smart agriculture must be a priority for governments in the region
One of the oldest industries must embrace new technological platforms to provide a more secure and safe food supply and usher in new economic opportunity.
M&T INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
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