Webinar Invitation: Fostering rural transformation through the Digital Villages Initiative in Africa

  • 14th December 2021
  • by secretary
Agrinatura News



Fostering rural transformation through the Digital Villages Initiative in Africa

Wednesday 15 December 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 GMT

As part of the corporate 1 000 Digital Villages Initiatives of FAO, a pilot Digital Villages Initiative has been launched in Africa, under the leadership of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa (FAORAF) in partnership with relevant FAO country offices. Scoping studies were undertaken and some initial activities have started to prepare the ground for the full launch of the project.


A public bilingual webinar will be organized by FAORAF about the project. Its objectives are to:


  • Introduce stakeholders to the Pilot DVI Africa project and initial activities implemented
  • Share countries’ perspectives and initial lessons learned
  • Collect recommendations, mobilise interest and partnership for the full deployment of the initiative


You are cordially invited to attend the event to get updated and for any collaboration opportunities. Do not hesitate to share in your networks/people who mifght be interested.

Draft agenda


Time (GMT) Issue/topic Speakers and facilitators
14:00 – 14:12 Overall facilitation


  • Clara Park

Senior Gender Officer, FAORAF

Welcome remarks





  • Ade Freeman

Regional Programme Leader, FAORAF


  • Henry van Burgsteden
    Coordinator, Office of the Director-General (ODG), FAO
14:12 – 14:20 Overview of the implementation of the Pilot DVI in Africa


  • Ken Lohento

Digital Agriculture Specialist, FAORAF

14:20 – 14:50 Key findings of the national scoping assessment studies


  • National DVI projects’ representatives
    • Niger
    • Malawi
    • Ghana


  • Facilitator:
    • Attaher Maïga

FAO Country Representative – Niger


14:50 – 15:10 Insights on the implementation of initial DVI activities


  • National DVI projects’ representatives
    • Kenya
    • Senegal
    • Somalia


  • Facilitator:
    • Zhijun Chen

FAO Country Representative – Malawi


15:10 – 15:30 Partner engagement


  • Representatives
    • UNFPA (TBC)
    • Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information, Niger
  • Facilitator
    • Anthony Renner Micah

IT Officer, FAORAF

15:30 – 15:55 Discussions on the way forward
  • All participants
  • Facilitator:
    • Ade Freeman

Regional Programme Leader, FAORAF

15:55 – 16:00 Closing words
  • Yurdi Yasmi

Deputy Regional Representative, FAORAF