Conference & Forum

An Innovative Global Partnership Through Knowledge Sharing: The Role of Technological Innovations to Help Accelerate Poverty Reduction and Achieve Zero Hunger

15 May 2019 Rome

In most developing countries, access to technologies is still weak in rural areas. This can lead to further exclusion of marginalized communities and an exacerbation of existing socio-economic inequalities. Moreover, not all communities are benefiting from emerging innovations and novel technologies. Technological innovations, including information and communication technologies (ICTs), are one of the main enablers that will accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals, while leaving no one behind. New digital technologies and innovative uses of ICTs can potentially contribute to increasing productivity and wealth; generating new activities, products, and services; addressing information gaps; and improving livelihoods.


14.00 – 14.20Opening Remarks:

  • Mr Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, WFP – On behalf of RBAs

  • Mr. Gengsheng Xia, Vice Minister, the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP), the PRC

14.20 – 14.40Result Release of the Global Solicitation and Challenge Prize on Best Poverty Reduction Practices

Mr. Lisheng XUE, Vice Editor-in-Chief, CIIC

3-minute video presenting the result of selected case studies
14.40 – 15.45Session 1 – Multi Stakeholders Roundtable: Facilitating The Access Of Rural Communities To Technological Innovations

Ashwani K. Muthoo, Director of the Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations Division, IFAD

Internet + Poverty Reduction: An effective approach for targeted poverty alleviation through ICTs.
Mr. Limin Ni, Director of Alibaba Poverty Relief Fund, Alibaba Group

ADB case of Shanxi Integrated Agricultural Development Project
Ms. Melanie Ullrich, External Relations Officer, European Representative Office, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Digitalization in the Field: IT tools to improve agricultural productivity and human development in rural areas
Mr Giampaolo Silvestri, Secretary-General, AVSI Foundation

Food Policy Analysis in the Digital Age: The Agricultural Investment Data Analyzer
James Thurlow, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Q&A session
15.45 – 16.15Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.15Session 2 – Case Studies: How Technological Innovations Helped Accelerating Poverty Reduction And Eradicating Hunger

Zuo Changsheng, Director General, IPRCC

UN Decade of Family Farming
Mr Luis Fernando Ceciliano Piedra, Alternate Permanent Representative, Republic of Costa Rica to FAO, IFAD and WFP

The role of ICTs and innovation in the Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment Partnership – a joint initiative between FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP, which takes place in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda
Ms Azzurra Chiarini, Global Coordinator, Joint Programme “Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women”

Ecosystem rehabilitation for poverty alleviation: Model of Ke’erqin Zuoyi Houqi (County), Inner Mongolia
Mr. Zhiwei HE, County Mayor, Kezuo Houqi (County), Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia, the PRC

Poverty reduction through charitable vocational education: the story of BN Vocational School
Ms Li YAO, Founder and Chairperson of BN Vocational School, the PRC

Q&A session
17.15 – 17.30Conclusions and Closing Remarks
Mr Shengyao Tang, Director, Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, FAO – On behalf of RBAs

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