We continued our efforts to pursue “development with a conscience” and to make a difference in the world. We have gained a lot of experience from our participation in public-private partnerships to address societal challenges in an integrated way.
A critical factor in this is good data, as exemplified by the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) collaborative project. Five G4AW projects are underway, combining information technology and geodata with land use mapping, responsible business and food security. The link with information and communication technologies is particularly appealing to younger generations. This is not only creating new income opportunities in rural areas, but strengthening the entire agricultural value chain, from farmer to fork.