Precise, efficient and digital: Data Driven Initiatives

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) predicts that the global population will reach 8 billion people by 2025 and 9.6 billion people by 2050. In order to keep pace, food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050.

There are growing concerns about farming in the future: climate change, limited arable land, and costs/availability of fossil fuels.  The food production has to overcome these adversity and at the same time improve production. The farming industry will see rapid transition into Precise, Efficient and Digitally smart farming practices. Internet-of-things (IoT) devices will play a key role in this advancement.

Precision agriculture aims to optimize the yield per unit of farming land by using the most modern means in a continuously sustainable way, to achieve best in terms of quality, quantity and financial return.Precision agriculture makes use of a range of technologies that include GPS services, sensors and big data to optimize crop yields.

ONFARM FIELD INTELLIGENCE

Onfarm, is a leading farm management platform that integrates data from multiple sources, analyses it and makes data actionable.

ONFARM

We found that there was a large volume of raw data available from sensors, controllers, monitors, and other systems, but having the data in multiple locations made it hard for growers to use.

So we got to work, pioneering the concept of building the first solution that integrates data into a single, grower-friendly platform. OnFarm was born as a unique farm management tool that displays and analyzes data from many different sources in a single, easy-to-use application. More importantly, it turns that data into valuable information, aiding growers and their trusted advisors in making sound, science-based decisions in near real-time.

 

OPENAG INITIATIVE

MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture, or OpenAg, Initiative, an open-source agricultural research lab founded and directed by Caleb Harper.  Harper decries that the current food system is riddled with “an endless loop of proprietary practices, restricted information, and a competitive, capitalistic mindset.” OpenAg sees the solution to these and other problems of high food miles, climate change, growing urbanization, and a reducing number of food producers worldwide to be found in an open-source, networked, and computerized agricultural system. And this, as Harper sees it, is the future of food.

 

What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like.

 

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