Precision agriculture for smallholder farmers
Unpredictable farming seasons and weather patterns are making life even more difficult for food producers. Two ways of obviating these developments is to use resources such as water and agricultural inputs more efficiently and increase the crop yields of key actors in global food production: smallholder farmers.
These concerns are what led the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to award a subsidy of 4.6 million euros through the Netherlands Space Office to a consortium of partners led by CTA to implement the Market-led, Userowned ICT4Ag Enabled Information Service (MUIIS). The project has ambitious goals: increase crop yield, farmers’ income, the use of agri-inputs and water, and trade and investment; and decrease the risk of using agri-inputs.