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October 2nd, 2019

Although technology is transforming just about every area of life we care to consider, in the vital area of sustainable agriculture, things are not happening quite so fast.

Food has a heavy environmental impact, but although technology today is doing much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle environmental issues in other sectors, a massively fragmented food industry, with much of the world’s food production in the hands of struggling smallholders, and practical issues of costs and scale have left agricultural technology, or agritech, far behind.

There is a big challenge not just to produce food in a more sustainable way for the sake of our planet, but to keep up with feeding a global population predicted to grow to around 9 billion by 2050. It is an enormous task to bring global food systems to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals when so many people around the world remain poorly nourished, farmers struggle to live beyond subsistence levels, food goes to waste and the environment suffers. Doing so will require a massive, holistic course of action involving regulatory assistance, land-use governance and infrastructure development from state and regional governments, and input from other stakeholders including banks, business, charities, educational bodies and, of course, the farmers themselves. Read more …