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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AREAS

The agriculture and food sector is facing multiple challenges. With the global population projected to grow from 7.6 billion in 2018 (UN DESA, 2019) to over 9.6 billion in 2050 there will be a significant increase in the
demand for food (UN DESA, 2017). At the same time, the availability of natural resources such as freshwater
and productive arable land is becoming increasingly constrained. Production is not the only concern; although agricultural output is currently enough to feed the world, 821 million people still suffer from hunger (FAO, 2018).

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