Under The High Patronage of the Presidency of the Republic of Sudan
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First Step Towards A Bright Future

1ST INTER-REGIONAL SMART AGRICULTURE FORUM
24-26 September 2018 Khartoum, Republic of Sudan

FOR SMART AGRICULTURE OR SMART FARMING

Smart Technologies for Smart Agriculture or Smart Farming

We are living in the era of e-transformation being driven by the emergence of many new concepts
related to ICT &internet development, like:cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT)…etc.

Since its advent, the IoThas connected manydevices, making life easier and more convenient.
Many studies predict that, by 2020, the number of connected devices and objects will reach 50 billion.Accordingly, it seems that the future will be for the Internet of Things technology based on the declarations to provide significant benefits for humanity.

Because of this revolutionary smart technology, a smooth transformation from traditional agricultural methods to a modern agriculture is becoming a reality. With IoT technologies, farmers can remotely monitor their crop and equipment by phones and computers. They will be able to reduce
waste and enhance productivity. But, with positive impact on agriculture and the environment.

Indeed,Smart Agriculture or Smart Farming based on the applications and solutionsof the Internet of Thingsand any other new technologiesare mentioning ground with innovative and promoting features towards the agricultural sustainability and the food security.

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RATIONALE

"Worldwide, the Agriculture development is deemed as the most powerful tool to end poverty and to pr"ovide job opportunities. Research analysis conducted by the World Bank has found that about 65% of poor working adults in the rural areas derive their livelihoods from agriculture (2016) and that Agriculture is also crucial to economic growth: in 2014, it accounted for one-third of global gross-domestic product (GDP).

But, Agriculture is facing globally and especially in the Arab and African regions too many Constraint issues and challenges such as climate change, water crises and shortages with a heavy negative impact on food safety & security in the two regions in spite of efforts of many enablers to achieve the sustainable agricultural development. It is clear that we cannot deal effectively with all these issues with the traditional and already available solutions. What is needed at this level is a serious review of the agricultural situation within the two regions and to find out new and sustainable ways for development.