Highlights EURACTIV-GIGAEurope Digital Debate Series Event


5 December 2022


During the fifth EURACTIV-GIGAEurope Digital Debate Series event, policy makers, civil society organisations, and industry experts examined the role that digital technologies can play in global efforts to address food security issues and make agriculture more sustainable.


  • Gaëlle Marion, Head of Unit for environmental sustainability, DG AGRI
  • Franc Bogovič, MEP, AGRI Committee, European Parliament
  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa Cogeca Farmers Association
  • Dicky Carstens, CEO, MyFarmWeb

The panel was moderated by Mariam Zaidi, EURACTIV Journalist

Rewatch the full online conference here

Discover what our speakers said

Gaëlle Marion

Head of Unit, Environmental Sustainability, DG AGRI, European Commission

“The Connecting Europe facility Digital programme will act against digital divides and help ensure high quality connectivity in all parts of Europe, which is essential for precision farming…”

Franc Bogovic MEP

AGRI Committee, European Parliament

“Combining precision farming with a holistic approach to digitalisation (along with good broadband connectivity and networks) in rural communities also provides additional income and resources for communities through mobility, tourism, energy sector, care for elderly people, and e-health.”

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary General, Copa Cogeca

Concerning the success of precision farming: “It is very much about how to organise oneself in rural areas…and make the necessary investment in internet coverage in the rural areas, with the aim to improve the life conditions of farmers and their families also together with the engagement of agri-cooperatives which have a key role in innovation.”

Dicky Carstens

CEO, MyFarmWeb

We need to keep small scale farmers on the farm and profitable… Digital technologies can support small scale farmers with knowledge and better advice for their specific circumstance right on their phone.”