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Transformation of rural areas through the use of technology: opportunities for women and youth

Sharma, Rahul (2022): Transformation of rural areas through the use of technology: opportunities for women and youth. Published in: Amity University Press , Vol. 4, No. 2 (16 October 2022): pp. 57-66.

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Aside from improving women's and youth's livelihoods and options, digitalization can contribute to the development of an inclusive future for smallholder farmers around the globe. Through the use of this technology, the agri-food sector and rural areas can be galvanized to become more productive and sustainable. In the course of research, rural development has been conceptualized in a variety of ways by researchers, ranging from a set of goals and programs to a well-integrated strategy, approach, or even an ideology in some cases. As far as the scope and content of the relevant literature are concerned, there is a lack of clarity. In addition, there are no clearly defined analytical boundaries within the literature. Several occasions have been called to the attention of the authors that this may be considered both as a strength and a weakness at the same time. One of the cornerstones of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the development of digitally skilled rural communities because it allows for the diversification of incomes, and it allows for the creation of new employment opportunities and business opportunities for future generations, both on and off the farm, as well as allowing for the development of these skills. Due to the increasing demand for safe and nutritious food, digital technologies are particularly well suited to help the world's agrifood systems meet this growing demand, while also contributing to high-quality productivity growth and economic inclusion of marginalized groups in the economy, as well as better managing natural resources.

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