Various digital solutions have emerged as potential game-changers in how the agri-food market functions and productivity-enhancing solutions are delivered. What constrains the potential of these innovations? If we take a systems perspective on the agri-food sector, we must consider three broad inter-related aspects:

  1. Integration and coordination in value chains
  2. Diffusion of innovation across value chain participants
  3. Financing innovation end-to-end

If these solutions are to be effective, actors in the development sector need to mobilize a strong collective effort. They should determine how to harness digital technology to address the practical problem of change—many of which fall within the locus of these three areas. Finding viable routes to financing potential transformation pathways to resilience will be decisive.

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