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Food Tank is highlighting 20 tools to recognize innovations changing agriculture and improving technology access worldwide through AI and Big Data.

Food Tank is highlighting 20 tools to recognize innovations changing agriculture and improving technology access worldwide through AI and Big Data. On fields across the world, phones, tablets, drones, and other technologies are changing how food is grown. Through these devices, artificial intelligence (AI)—technology able to perform tasks that require human intelligence—may help farmers use the techniques they already know and trust on a bigger scale. And Big Data—data sets that reveal telling patterns about growth, yield, weather, and more—may help farmers make better decisions before crises strike.

According to the report Refresh: Food + Tech, From Soil to Supper released in 2018, AI and Big Data may help produce more food, use less water, limit resource consumption, redirect food waste, and lower food prices—all while improving the lives and incomes of farmers and food producers. “Recent advances have the potential for big breakthroughs in the ways we grow, store, transport, distribute, and consume food,” says the Refresh Report. “From production to consumption, this digital transformation, in tandem with new ecological services, will prove critical to reducing greenhouse gasses, addressing the multiple causes of food insecurity, and feeding the planet in the 21st century.”

Read from the source about:

  • Gender-Responsive and Climate-Resilient Agriculture for Nutrition (GCAN) from IFPRI aims to make the decision to adopt Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices easier for farmers by providing data showing a connection between CSA practices and positive farming and nutrition outcomes;
  • The Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) processes data relevant to food and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to improve nutrition.;
  • Terra-i  tracks human-caused land-cover changes across the world, from Honduras to Vietnam.;
  • Agua para Riego (AGRI), or Irrigation Water,which  helps farmers find water sources for their irrigation systems; 
  • aWhere provides agricultural information and insight to farmers and growers globally; 
  • Blue River Technology’s See & Spray machines use computer vision and machine learning to spray weeds with precision; 
  • FARMWAVE’s AI data models help farmers make crucial decisions to maintain and preserve their farms; 
  • The Global Agricultural Research Data Innovation & Acceleration Network (GARDIAN) provides data for the CGIAR’s Platform for Big Data

Further reading from Food Tank: A Journey Through Harvests Connects Farmers Worldwide

In a new project, Harvest, photographer Luis Fabini hopes to connect farmers throughout the globe by shining a spotlight on their lives when harvesting the world’s food. Inspired by the connection between people, land, and food, Fabini aims to create a visual expedition that documents rituals, celebrations, work, and community—all organized around annual harvests. Across his journey, Fabini notes that the farmers and communities have opened their lives to him generously, describing an experience with a tribal community in the Peruvian Andes. The community allowed Fabini to document rituals in which they performed and gave spiritual payments to the land to show their respect and gratitude. In this moment, the ritual put forth a connection between humanity, land, and existence: there, “the land is God, and God is the land,” Fabini tells Food Tank. Harvest aims to protect and empower indigenous farming communities around the world by featuring their connections to the land and farming in a way that evokes an emotional response for viewers. “At the end of the day, we are all the same. If we lose the connection to the planet, we will be desperate to touch the land again,” Fabini tells Food Tank.

About: Food Tank is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

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