Expert Consultation on e-Government aspects
of national e-Agriculture strategies for sustainable family farming

22-24 June 2016
Hotel Visegrad, Hungary

organized jointly by FAO and GAK, Szent Istvan University
in collaboration with ITU


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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have long been recognized as key enablers for bridging the digital divide and achieving the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, environmental balance and social inclusion. ICTs have proven to be instrumental in the delivery of information and services in health, education, trade, commerce and other fields, and have contributed to increased transparency and accountability.


The e-Agriculture aims to enhance agriculture and rural development through improved information and communication processes. It involves the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and application of innovative ways to use ICTs in the rural domain. Technological application, facilitation, support of standards and norms, capacity building, education and extension all belong to the broader concept of e-Agriculture.


The Regional Workshop, organized by FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and GAK at Gödöllő Agricultural University, Hungary, 22-24 June 2015 brought together decision makers and agricultural information management experts from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, discussed current initiatives at national level and introduced to the well-structured method of observing the current e-Agriculture environment and identify the required e-Agriculture components. The workshop concluded that further efforts and capacities are needed at national and regional levels in order to develop and operate a successful national e-Agriculture strategy. According to one of the key findings and recommendations of the regional workshop it was agreed that an expert consultation is highly needed in order to advise the regional FAO constituency on the modalities and options of using ICTs in agriculture, especially for small and family farms. The expert consultation shall be instrumental also in providing advice in organizing e-Agriculture as a part of e-government and integrating existing policies towards coordinated ICT management especially with a view of EU accession process.


Thematic highlights:

  • Small Holder and Family Farms
  • e-Government Applications in agriculture



1) Share experience and demonstrate good practices
2) Strengthen capacity in e-strategy development
3) Facilitate networking and collaborations


In order to organize an effective expert consultation I would like to request your assistance in nomination of a national expert working in the field of agriculture and having good record of experiences in e-service provision for farmers, use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in agriculture or e-Government. The nominated expert will represent your country at the expert consultation and will bring back the new knowledge and acquired capacities.


The organizers will arrange the travel, cover the costs of the tickets and provide accommodation and meals to the participants. The official language of the consultation will be English.

In order to complete the list of participants and make the necessary travel arrangements in due time, we will highly appreciate the completion and submission of the attached Registration Form for the participants and providing us with the scanned copy of the passport by e-mail to Dr. Laszlo Papocsi, GAK: and Dr. Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, FAO Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing Officer: with a copy to Ms Ludmilla Vorobej, FAO Programme Assistant: at your earliest convenience, by latest 16 May 2016.