Meeting the challenges of smallholder farms
Many smallholders may not be farmers by choice: they lack access to other economic opportunities. They face many problems: reliance on unsustainable cultivation methods; limited access to markets; poor access to credit through financial institutions; lack of organization and low-capacity cooperatives.
Increase quality and productivity of smallholders
We establish and operate management information systems for collecting, storing and disseminating data in the form needed to carry out the farm’s operations and functions.
Connecting farms and connecting to the global supply chain
By making the farm more connected and intelligent, smart farming helps reduce overall costs and improve quality and quantity of produce, the sustainability of agriculture and the experience of the consumer.
Increased productivity in smallholder farms is an important way to decrease the amount of land needed for farming as well as improve food security. Addressing the productivity and financial sustainability of smallholders is our priority.
The rapidly changing and globalizing food economy and the concerns and commitments of a wide range of stakeholders about food production and security, food safety and quality, and the environmental sustainability of agriculture have prompted international organizations to establish standards for the safe production of fresh crops that can be safely consumed. Fertilizers and pesticides, when used in higher quantities than needed, become contaminants to food, feed and environment.
Critical factors that affect the quality or shelf life of fresh agricultural products are examined to form the criteria for classifying the storage requirements of these products. The formulated model can minimize the consolidation cost and the loss of product value due to a reduction in shelf life after consolidation.
Information management is becoming an increasingly challenging task for farmers, especially in terms of the amount of data and the complexity of processes in precision farming. One of the most demanding functions is data acquisition. Mobile farm equipment featuring different sensors is able to collect a large amount of data while working. Automated process-data acquisition can be the basis for information-steered agricultural production. But use of these data is restricted today by hardware and software compatibility, different data formats, the lack of a concept for reusing data, and the amount of data.
Although persistent organic chemicals have been phased out and replaced by more biodegradable chemicals, contamination by legacy residues and recent residues still impacts on the quality of human food, water, and environment. Current and future increase in food production must go along with production of food with better quality and with less toxic contaminants.