Digitization of small-scale agriculture

Call for Proposals
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 203.686
Execution time
42 Months
Total Amount:
USD 403.686
Participating countries:
Honduras Honduras Colombia Colombia
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 50% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 50%

Executive Summary

Agriculture faces several challenges. The projection of world population growth to 9.6 billion people in 2050 means an increase of around 70% in food production, while fresh water and arable land will be reduced. Much of agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean is based on small farmers with traditional systems that will not allow, in the medium or long term, to satisfy the food demand of a growing population, nor to produce food in a sustainable way. To achieve these objectives, it will be necessary to have more efficient, inclusive and resilient production systems, which requires a transformation of the current system. Digital technologies can be part of the solution as they enable more efficient, productive and sustainable agriculture by optimizing their processes to produce more quality food and in a more sustainable way. The objective of the project is to develop a technology for the measurement of soil moisture to maximize production, improve food quality, optimize water use and promote the use of technologies in agriculture.

The technological solution

Development of a low-cost soil moisture measurement sensor to maximize production, improve food quality, and optimize water use.


  • Include small and medium producers in Latin America in the digital agriculture revolution, reducing rural youth migration and alleviating hunger and poverty in the countryside.
  • Develop a technological solution of a “capsule” type sensor, for soil moisture measurement, viable, without the need for remote connection and affordable for medium and small scale producers.
  • Increase production, improve food quality and optimize water use at 60 pilot sites where this technology will be implemented.


600 small farmers from Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Climate action Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Universidad Zamorano (ZAMORANO) - Honduras
  • Alianza Internacional Bioversity - CIAT (Alianza Internacional Bioversity - CIAT) - Colombia

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Publications and resources

With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)