Towards Digital Inclusion In Rural Transformtion

Digital technologies hold immense potential to contribute to inclusive rural transformations and to accelerate progress for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Enhancing access to these technologies is crucial for advancing progress towards SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities). Yet, the rapid march of digitalization raises pertinent questions. Will these advancements genuinely promote inclusivity and benefit marginalized or vulnerable groups? Or will these advancements exacerbate the digital divide, further isolating the rural poor, women, young people, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, older persons, migrants, displaced people, and community/local organizations in rural areas and agrifood systems?

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