Key drivers of ICT in Agriculture and Food Systems
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
I believe that food systems should be sustainable.
When we redesign our food systems, the use of ICT and digital technologies will be valuable to increase agricultural productivity, reduce GHG emissions, improve biodiversity, and provide food safety and security. This will create great impact on the achievement of the UN SDGs, economic development, and welfare.
Let’s look at the key drivers of the ICT in agriculture:
1. Low-cost and pervasive connectivity to mobile cellular phones along agri-food chains;
2. Adaptable and more affordable sensing technologies and mobile devices with multi-sensory inputs and outputs;
3. Advances in data storage capacity, interoperability and ability to exchange information, linking to decision support systems and GIS;
4. New business development strategies, innovative business models, networking, new partnerships and forms of investment, digital literacy of users, and agricultural expertise;
5. Interactions of ICTs with biology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, space technology and materials science;
6. Accessible agricultural information and science for institutions, SMEs, farmers and other stakeholders.