Published on May 13, 2024

Digital Transformation Pathfinder Countries: Tanzania, Albania, and Chile


The joint programme is set to transform agriculture with digitalization by enhancing data integration among government, the private sector, and 13 Ministry of Agriculture platforms. A key focus is establishing a unified smallholder farmer database, which will significantly improve the efficiency of agricultural practices, strengthening 10 national agri-techs, particularly those led by women, by providing technical assistance, facilitating investments, and creating a data accelerator to raise $2 million to empower these agri-techs to innovate and expand their reach.

Seeking to secure a funding mix of at least $12.5 million from private, public, and development sources, ensuring the sustainability and growth of the agricultural sector, the joint programme aims to enhance the digital literacy of 500,000 smallholder farmers, with a priority on women and youth, by training 500 extension workers and leveraging existing digital platforms like M-kilimo and bulk AI-powered messaging.


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Albania's National Digital Agriculture Strategy and Action Plan is poised to revolutionize the country's agricultural landscape, focusing on empowering smallholder farmers through digital innovation. Central to this strategy is the launch of an Enhanced Farmers' Portal, which will provide essential services, knowledge, and market access to at least 15,000 farmers in rural areas.

In addition to the Enhanced Farmers' Portal, the strategy aims to enhance digital capacities among key stakeholders, including providing training to 40 national institutions, 180 Technical and Vocational Education and Training students, and 400 smallholder farmers. 


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The joint programme will create an enabling environment for collaboration between public and private sectors to enhance rural digital connectivity, promising broadband access to 50 communities and benefiting over 440,000 underserved individuals. Offering market access to 1,000 trained smallholder farmers, training to over 1,850 rural residents and enabling 1,100 women to access social protection services digitally.

Healthcare is also set to undergo a significant transformation as telehealth solutions are implemented in areas with new connectivity, benefiting 25,000 inhabitants and the "train the trainers" approach will foster its sustainability.


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All joint programs of the Joint SDG Fund are led by UN Resident Coordinators and implemented by the agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations development system. With sincere appreciation for the contributions from the European Union and Governments of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and our private sector funding partners, for a transformative movement towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.