High-level officials and experts at a presentation in Chile of the study “Rural Connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: State of Play, Challenges and Actions for Digitalization and Sustainable Development” all agreed that farmers must be equipped with digital skills in order to better harness the potential of new technologies in food production.
The study was conducted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the World Bank, Bayer, CAF- Development Bank of Latin America, Microsoft and Syngenta.
Esteban Valenzuela, Chile’s Minister of Agriculture, was present at the meeting, which took place at the headquarters of the Ministry in Santiago. The rural connectivity study is a continuation of and update to the first study on this issue, which IICA and its partners undertook in 2020. That study revealed that 77 million people had no access to quality internet services.
The update indicates that there has been a 12% increase in rural connectivity in the region and Chile has moved to the top cluster, along with countries
reporting the highest level of significant rural connectivity