Digitization of small-scale agriculture
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.
After a participatory design process, using the creative visualization methodology, and after the field test of three technological solution prototypes, the project already has a design for a device to measure soil humidity, robust, highly usable, and low cost. The selected design has multiple improvements with respect to the prototypes, maintaining a charging autonomy of up to six months in the field, with automatic switching on when the sensor is connected, greater robustness, a more elegant design, and greater ease of downloading data and charging the device. 90 replicas have been made of this sensor, which will be tested with producers in the three participating countries.
600 small farmers from Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia
Sustainable Development Goals
- Universidad Zamorano (ZAMORANO) - Honduras
- VISUALITI (VISUALITI) - Colombia
- Alianza Internacional Bioversity - CIAT (Alianza Internacional Bioversity - CIAT) - Colombia