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UN Develops Model for Data, Transparency to Reshape Food System

The UNFAO is striving to develop a new business model based on science, data, transparency and accountability that fosters strong partnerships with the private sector

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The meeting offered a platform to discuss and reinforce partnerships for realizing the much-needed transformation in food systems, and mobilizing all available technology, innovation, knowledge and expertise. Pixabay

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation is striving to develop a new business model based on science, data, transparency and accountability that fosters strong partnerships with the private sector, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said on Friday.

“The world needs a strong, efficient and dynamic FAO. And FAO needs strong reliable partnerships with you,” Qu told representatives from the private sector at a meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The meeting offered a platform to discuss and reinforce partnerships for realizing the much-needed transformation in food systems, and mobilizing all available technology, innovation, knowledge and expertise to achieve positive impact at scale in the agriculture sectors, according to a statement from the Rome-based FAO.

FAO presented the new Hand-in-Hand Initiative to private sector and foundation representatives, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and dairy giant Danone, as well as UN entities and other institutions, with the aim of garnering support and feedback, the statement said.

Hand-to-Hand looks at bringing together countries with the highest poverty and hunger rates and developed countries to support development efforts in the Least Landlocked Developing Countries, Least Developed Small Island Developing States, and countries affected by food crises.

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The world needs a strong, efficient and dynamic FAO. And FAO needs strong reliable partnerships with you. Pixabay

In its next phase, the initiative will support highly-populated, less developed countries, the statement added.

FAO works to make private sector investments compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals across the agricultural value chain, the statement underlined.

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An example is FAO’s AgrInvest programme being implemented in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger, and Burkina Fas, which leverages development funding to unlock private investments for the agri-food sector, the statement noted. (IANS)

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5G Needs To Happen Faster in India, Says Top Intel Executive

For 5G to happen faster in India, the company will make desired contributions

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Top Intel Executive said that India needs to roll out 5G faster in order to take advantage of the economic benefits it can bring to the nation. Pixabay

India needs to roll out 5G faster in order to take advantage of the economic benefits it can bring to the nation, a top Intel executive said here on Monday.

“For 5G to happen, the network needs to move from proprietary-fixed, function-based — which is what it is today in most parts — to open standards-based scalabale, programmeble, agile and Cloud-centric network. As Cloud is elastic, so should be the network,” Prakash Mallya, Vice President and Managing Director, Sales and Marketing Group — Intel India, told IANS on the sidelines of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019 here.

According to industry leaders, spectrum auction and pricing are two biggest concerns that need to be addressed for faster 5G roll out.

During the keynote address, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that spectrum auction will be done within the current financial year, assuring the industry that the government is bringing some reforms in spectrum pricing as well. “5G is the order of the day. We have given permission to companies for 5G trials,” Prasad told the audience.

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For 5G to happen faster in India, Intel also must come together. Pixabay

According to a forecast by industry body GSMA, 5G connections in India are set to reach 88 million by 2025, equivalent to around seven per cent of the total connections base in the country.

This will leave India trailing its regional peers such as China, that is set to see almost 30 per cent of its total connections base on 5G by 2025.

For 5G to happen faster in India, the industry also must come together, said Mallya.

“Industry must come together for 5G to happen faster. That is why we engage with the ecosystem — Nokia and Ericsson are great examples of our partnerships, enabling usages across different verticals,” the Intel executive said, adding that the company builds technology for every piece of the network.

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Intel is playing the role of a catalyst in enabling 5G. Pixabay

Intel is also working proactively with the government towards creating standards for 5G.

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“Intel is playing the role of a catalyst in enabling 5G. We are working with all the telecom operators in the country,” Mallya noted. (IANS)