From “digital agriculture” to “smart agriculture”
The Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations (SDG) under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 are based in part on innovation. Goal No2 is “to eradicate hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.
But while drones, satellite sensor systems, robotics, and virtual reality are increasingly used in agriculture around the world, there is still insufficient global innovation in improving processes and services, appearing along the agricultural value chain, from seed selection to processing, transport, and distribution.
Significant obstacles exist at this point, such as inadequate infrastructure, liquidity constraints, and a lack of information and awareness, especially in developing countries. In India, for example, 40% of fresh food is destroyed before it reaches consumers. Effective connection and improved delivery are just as critical, if not more so than new technology. In other words, we must move from “digital agriculture” to “smart agriculture”.
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