Smart Farming: How IoT-Driven Precision Agriculture Helps Feed the Globe


The world’s population is steadily growing and as per the United Nations estimate, roughly 83 million people are added to the global population every year. By 2050, the number of people on planet Earth is projected to reach 9.8 billion and this presents genuine & real-time challenges to economic, agricultural, and communal infrastructures.

Farmers, especially in the emerging and developing economies like Asia Pacific, Africa and SAARC regions face an ever-growing demand to produce more food on smaller landholdings, even as they struggle to protect their farms against extreme weather, climate change, environmental impact, market fluctuations, etc.

For this reason, it is necessary to integrate state-of-the-art technologies such as IOT, AI, ML and robotics in agriculture, so as to be able to feed the entire population in an inclusive way. In fact, these technologies, in particular IoT, not only help to better measure and control growth factors, such as irrigation, water and soil conservation, but also change the way we see agriculture in its entirety.

New “smart farming” applications, based on IoT technologies, will enable the agriculture industry to reduce waste and enhance productivity, lowering the levels of traditional inputs (water, fertilizer, insecticides, and herbicides) that are needed to grow crops.

Furthermore, these precision farming methods represent an advantage for farmers in terms of resource use and effectiveness that has great potential to make agriculture more sustainable by increasing the availability of food. For example, CropMetrics, a precision irrigation company founded by farmers in 2009, has developed a smart farming solution that enables growers to effectively manage their crops’ irrigation.

IoT enabled agriculture has helped to bridge the gap between production and quality and quantity yield and, together with seamless end to end intelligent operations and improved business process execution, produce gets processed faster and reaches supermarkets in the quickest time possible, thus ensuring to feed the world’s population.

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