Precision Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers
How can we increase smallholder yields through precision agriculture?
What is disruptive technology doing for agriculture?
Precision Agriculture allows farmers to manage their fields for maximum output by using data (e.g. on weather, soil and diseases) and digitized farming equipment to apply the right inputs at the right time. With this technology, farmers are able to conserve valuable resources, such as water and fertilizer, and reduce pollution while increasing both quality and quantity of their yields.
Why do we need more inclusive solutions?
The demand for food is increasing. By 2030, there will be a projected 9.3 billion people on the globe, most of them in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In these regions, 80% of the farmland is managed by smallholder farmers, who produce 80% of the food consumed. Globally, there are more than 500 million small farms.
Precision agriculture could boost the productivity of smallholder farmers, who usually lack access to information and have few means to afford inputs. With precision agriculture, they could increase yields and maximize the payback of their investments.
Who would we like to attend?
The precision agriculture track will bring together
- Startups and social entrepreneurs offering mobile solutions to provide smallholders with timely and accurate information about weather, soil, diseases, and markets
- Corporates producing and selling agricultural inputs, including seed, fertilizer and crop protection, as well as irrigation systems and other machinery
- NGOs building capacities of and organizing smallholder farmers locally
- Agricultural product off-takers, who require end-to-end traceability to know exactly what went into production
- The head of a smallholder farmer cooperative, who can advise the team on the needs and usability of the solution
If you fit one of these profiles, please apply for an invitation through our registration process.
How will we create impact?
At the conclusion of the workshop in Berlin, the team will walk away with a concrete strategy to make digital farming affordable and accessible to smallholder farmers. The ii2030 online platform will continue to be used by the team following the workshop, to develop a prototype and test the solution with smallholder farmers in the field, with guidance and support from Endeva. Together, the team will implement a solution that will drive economic growth and impact not only for smallholder farmers and agribusiness, but for all those affected by hunger and malnutrition.
Krishna Chandra Mishra, Founder of eKutir Social Business
Designing new solutions and collaborating with other like-minded partners will impact billions of people in the world. Making the world a better place to live and making it happier and more prosperous drives me to work hard and come up with innovations to agriculture.
Our tour guides take participants on an exploration of Berlin’s buzzing inclusive innovation scene to provide inspiration and information for each track.
The 4-hour tour takes participants to 3 visionary organizations, where hosts will lead a discussion on how greater inclusion in their sector will impact society in 2030.
The day will end with a “Meet & Greet” networking dinner. Participants from all tracks reconvene over dinner to share what they have learned and get to know one another.
Participants gain inspiration from and knowledge on the various perspectives of how inclusive innovation will create positive change. They gain an up-close-and-personal look into the three organizations, connect with their leaders and use the inspiration to guide and motivate them through their co-creation journey at the Inclusive Innovation Factory and beyond.
eKutir is an Indian social enterprise that connects 60,000 smmall farmers with information and markets.
We will gain insights into the needs and challenges of smallholder farmers.
Infarm converts spaces into vertical farms. We will learn about how to grow plants precisely, planning inputs.
PEAT develops automatic image recognition for plant damage.
We will learn about the power of “big data” for agriculture.
In a design-thinking workshop of up to 10 participants, we will work out how technology can drive inclusive innovation, and what is needed to achieve a solution. Participants are carefully selected to bring together those actors who can make the change.
Throughout the day, a networking assembly line, factory whistle speeches and a canteen exhibition will allow participants to get inspired and connect outside their workshop.
An ii2030 online platform will be used for participants to start connecting and preparing for the workshop prior to the event and to continue their collaboration following the co-creation workshop. In the follow-up, the team will receive support from Endeva as they work on improving and implementing the solution in the field.
Design-thinking methodology is a collaborative solution-based approach to solving complex challenges. The strategic process will guide the team of like-minded partners in co-creating concrete, innovative and user-friendly solutions in a 1-day, action-packed workshop.
During a 1-day co-creation workshop, participants will design a plan to use digital technology to create a smarter and more integrated agricultural ecosystem. The team will devise a solution to harness on and off-farm data collected from mobile apps, remote sensing and publically available sources to:
- connect farmers to better markets and inputs (seeds, fertilizers, finance, etc.)
- make digitized farming equipment available and affordable to smallholder farmers
- use end-to-end traceability to track distribution and production methods