EU Call for Proposals: Information and promotion about the sustainable aspect of rice production

The objective is to highlight the sustainable aspect of rice sector. Rice production in Europe has a particular environmental dimension, being at the heart of the preservation of certain wetlands. Rice cultivation is a sensitive and specific practice at European level, since it is produced in areas where there are few crop alternatives. Its preservation and improvement contribute to the sustainability of rice producing regions, by playing an active role in maintaining rural areas, protecting nature and preserving biodiversity. Actions shall highlight the environmental sustainability of the production, stressing its beneficial role for climate action and the environment.
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EU-funded initiative has developed analytical techniques for determining the authenticity of organic produce

An EU-funded initiative has developed analytical techniques for determining the authenticity of organic produce following the dramatic growth of the organic food sector.

Modern Biotechnology for Agricultural Development in Colombia

Here is presented how modern biotechnology is an important ally as a wide range of technologies and innovative systems can be applied where they are most needed: for increasing cultivation productivity, resisting both biotic and abiotic factors, and ensuring food safety. In this study is showed evidence with regard to significant benefits of adopting biotechnological crops to contribute to food safety and how they are already being implemented in both developed and developing countries. Using modern technology, there are open opportunities for the country in search of circular bio-based economy, strengthen its food sovereignty and to serve as an agricultural breadbasket to Latin America and the World.

Waste Coffee Ground Biochar: A Material for Humidity Sensors

Worldwide consumption of coffee exceeds 11 billion tons/year. Used coffee grounds end up as landfill. However, the unique structural properties of its porous surface make coffee grounds popular for the adsorption of gaseous molecules. In the present work, we demonstrate the use of coffee grounds as a potential and cheap source for biochar carbon

Robotic Farmers in Agriculture

As per Euro monitor intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, analytics and machines for precision farming is one of the top ndustry’s top opportunities. In Europe, Spanish company called Agrobot has developed a strawberry farming robot. It uses up to 24 robotic arms to pick fruit and is capable of autonomous navigation.

European call for proposals: Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems

Based on the two previous calls, the FACCE SURPLUS partners decided to further advance their successful funding scheme with a third call of the initiative in order to complete the portfolio of projects and filling remaining research and funding gaps. Having in mind the research already conducted in FACCE SURPLUS projects, this call at the end of the initiative aims at further improving collaboration in the area of food and nonfood biomass production and transformation systems.
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Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
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Solid Biomass Supply for Heat and Power: Technology Brief

Solid biomass from forests, farms and cities provides a major energy source for heat and power generation, potentially accounting for a fifth of global energy consumption by 2050 amid accelerated adoption of renewables. But wood and crop residues need to be collected from widely dispersed sites and stored for use at the optimal time, and at a cost-effective scale, in district-heating systems, power plants, and combined heat and power plants.

Call for Proposals: Biodiversity conservation and addressing Climate change adaptation in Central and Western African countries

This program’s main objective is to strengthen local NGOs in Central and Western African countries contribute to biodiversity conservation and addressing climate change adaptation by funding local projects.
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Call for Projects: “Climate & Biodiversity Initiative” to support research on Climate change and Biodiversity

The aim of this call for projects is to select 6-8 research projects that will increase our understanding about issues related to climate change and biodiversity. The projects will receive financial support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a three-year period (2020-2022).
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Pilot plant to turn sugarcane waste into biofuel and beer bottles

Their patented REACH technology, developed by US parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective drop-in biofuels and bio-chemicals , as alternatives to fossil fuels.

Agriculture 4.0: Broadening Responsible Innovation in an Era of Smart Farming

We argue that ideas of responsible innovation should be further developed in order to make them relevant and robust for emergent agri-tech, and that frameworks should be tested in practice to see if they can actively shape innovation trajectories.

The EU-funded REHAP project to transform agricultural and forestry waste into bio-based materials

Researchers have examined which agroforestry residues are available for the development of bio-based materials.

Deploying Acoustic Detection Algorithms on Low-Cost, Open-Source Acoustic Sensors for Environmental Monitoring

This paper describes the development and deployment of three acoustic detection algorithms that reduce the power and storage requirements of acoustic monitoring on affordable, open-source hardware. The algorithms aim to detect bat echolocation, to search for evidence of an endangered cicada species, and also to collect evidence of poaching in a protected nature reserve.

Call for Proposals: Innovative ideas in the field of agriculture technology and sustainable production

Project proposals that incorporate innovative ideas in the field of agriculture technology and include more sustainable ways of production are especially expected to be submitted.
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Call for nominations: The Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development in Southeast Asia

The award recognizes exemplary individuals in Southeast Asia who have contributed to the advancement of agricultural development in the region as exemplified by Dr. Dioscoro L. Umali, the first Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and a renowned development practitioner. It covers achievements along the full range of fields that contribute to agricultural development including plant and animal sciences, land and water management, environment and natural resource management, technology development, social organization, food security, poverty reduction, economics and business, and policy and governance, among others.
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South Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa

Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and Korea’s Green Technology Center said there was huge potential for cooperation and immense opportunities for job-creating bankable projects.

Bamboo as an Alternative Bioenergy Crop and Powerful Ally for Land Restoration in Indonesia

The energy demand in Indonesia has increased significantly with its population growth, urbanization, and economic development. The growing concern of meeting energy demand while reducing dependency on fossil fuels has resulted in an increasing demand for renewable energy

Global agritourism market size will grow by almost USD 54.63 billion during 2019-2023

Global agritourism market size will grow by almost USD 54.63 billion during 2019-2023, at a CAGR of nearly 18%. The trend of instant bookings has positively impacted the growth of the global agritourism market in recent years as such booking processes are associated with minimal or zero wait time.

Call for applications: Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger 2019

The World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator and Cargill announce a call for applications for the Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger, running from 4 to 28 February 2019. Start-ups, private companies and NGOs are encouraged to submit bold solutions that can sustainably lift people out of hunger.
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Call for Nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

The MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards aim to identify young innovators who can serve to inspire other young people to get involved in maize-based agri-food systems. Part of the vision is to create a global network of young innovators in maize based systems from around the world.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Bridging the gap between potential and actual irrigation performance in the Mediterranean

In the Mediterranean basin, water balances and water used for irrigation including irrigation performance is often lower than potential at the farm and at the water users association level. This gap is evident for average performance, but it is particularly important when the dispersion among farmers and their associations is considered. Attaining Sustainable Mediterranean irrigation requires to assess the real water balances in the area of irrigation, amount of water available for irrigation ensuring that water levels are environmentally safe for ecosystems and other needs. Furthermore, optimising irrigation performance requires to combine technological, managerial and governance innovations taking into account the availability, safety and quality of water resources, existing institutional arrangements, as well as crop agronomy planning.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Agro-food Value Chain 2019

Proposals should focus on products with high added value, most exposed to fraud and valorise productions that have been discontinued but hold nutritional value and are important for biodiversity conservation. Proposal should also aim at creating trans-national networks of laboratories, validating and harmonizing protocols, sharing open-data on food products of the Mediterranean tradition, providing a robust support for certification and control bodies, and building capacity in key enabling technologies related to authenticity and traceability.
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Vietnam announced a list of 13 key agricultural products

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has announced a list of 13 key agricultural products of Vietnam.The list includes rice, coffee, rubber, cashew nuts, pepper, tea, vegetables and fruit, cassava and cassava products, pork, meat and eggs, tra fish, shrimp, wood and wood products.

Call for Nominations: World Food Prize Foundation - Food Security and Agricultural Champions

The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its globally renowned award that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Farming Systems 2019 - Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive Horticulture

New soilless systems (including freshwater aquaponics) should be also incorporated and tested in order to facilitate the adoption of efficient fertigation strategies, particularly under conditions of water scarcity and low water quality while ensuring nutrient balance strict and smart control systems to fight eutrophication. Successful technological implementation rests on the effective use by single users or consortia in tight connection with processing industries. This should include integrating sensors data and algorithms into decision support systems.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Farming Systems 2019 - Conserving water and soil in Mediterranean dry-farming, smallholder agriculture

Mediterranean crops agroecology, systems and farmers can benefit from the widespread application of conservation agriculture in the region. While conservation agriculture has been widely adopted in semiarid regions in North and South America and Australia, large opportunities remain for its application in the Mediterranean Area. Action is required to increase crop water availability and to control soil erosion. A socioeconomic analysis is required to identify the barriers preventing widespread application of these techniques.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Modelling international trade in agri-food products

Trade modelling has a long-standing tradition but some issues are notoriously difficult to assess and include in the existing simulation models.
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Job Vacancy: Farm Manager for jojoba and castor oil plantations

Our Client is an international holding. They developed several industrial projects in West Africa in the field of Renewable Energy, Agro-Industry and Industrial Parks. They have mandate Smart International Consulting to recruit a Farm Manager for their jojoba and castor oil plantations.
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Call for Nominations: 2019 Africa Food Prize

The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.
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Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector: Key lessons and recommendations

Several geothermal applications in food processing and agriculture require low temperatures and can therefore be deployed in areas where the geothermal resources would not be suitable for power generation. These applications could increase the number of countries and regions that could benefit from such indigenous and renewable energy source. Despite its promising potential and increasing interest from policy makers and key stakeholders, direct use of geothermal heat in food-related applications across the world is still rather limited.

Call for Applications: 2019 Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond.
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VineRobot, an Unmanned ground vehicle equipped with non-invasive sensor technology to monitor grape growth

Just like great wine needs time, great grapes require continuous attention and reliable assessment tools. Noting the absence of a convincing alternative to manual sampling and analysis, an EU-funded consortium has developed VineRobot, an ‘Unmanned ground vehicle’ (UGV) equipped with non-invasive sensor technology.

Call for Applications: Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 which is the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs innovating in Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.
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From Industry 4.0 to Agriculture 4.0: A Framework to Manage Product Data in Agri-Food Supply Chain for Voluntary Traceability

Agri-food value chain involves various stakeholders with different roles. All of them abide by national and international rules and leverage marketing strategies to advance their products. Food products and related processing phases carry with it a big mole of data that are often not used to inform final customer. Some data, if fittingly identified and used, can enhance the single company, and/or the all supply chain creates a math between marketing techniques and voluntary traceability strategies.

Interactions between Trees, Crops and Animals: Experiences in a novel Bioenergy-Livestock system in the UK

Managing the interactions between trees, crops and animals is an on-going challenge for agroforestry farmers. This paper reports on interactions between trees, crops and both wild animals and livestock in the establishment years of a novel UK agroforestry system combining short rotation coppice for energy production with livestock production.

Advancement in plant monitoring using Arduino and Internet of things

This paper describes an advanced irrigation system which monitors and maintains the desired soil moisture content via automatic watering depending upon the necessity. Microcontroller Arduino Uno platform is used to implement the control unit.

Call for projects: Promoting Local Resources of the African Soils

SEED Foundation wants to support projects to maintain diversity of resources terroirs while offering opportunities for transformation and innovation of the agricultural system. This theme meets the challenges of standardization and homogenisation of practices and the loss of diversity of agri-food chains.
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Let get inspired by innovation and win together in 2019

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT, blockchain and additive manufacturing technologies, we are at the dawn of disruptive innovation that will impact businesses and enterprises worldwide.

Sites in Iran, Morocco and Spain recognized as important for the world’s agricultural heritage

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran, an argan-based agro-pastoral system in Morocco, and an ancient olive trees system in Spain today won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

New drip irrigation technologies allowed farmers to improve crop yields while conserving resources

For off-grid drip irrigation systems that operate via solar power, the use of the new emitters could reduce costs to the farmer by 40 percent. “For farmers in developing countries, this cost savings reduces the barrier to a water conserving and yield increasing technology,” adds Amrose.

PRIMA Call for Proposals: Agro-food Value Chain 2019

Although several initiatives aiming at collecting molecular information about farming plants and livestock, and the derived foods, are currently going on, a comprehensive shared repository of digital information about the Mediterranean foods is still lacking. The creation of reference databases would foster the necessary harmonisation of the analytical methods and data validation among different laboratories, two stringent requirements for the creation of a trans-national authenticity and traceability system that specifically address the identification of animal breeds, plant varieties, geographical origin and production protocols characterizing the traditional Mediterranean foods.
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India launched Free Mobile Application for Farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has developed Kisan Suvidha mobile application to facilitate dissemination of information to farmers on the critical parameters.

ESA's Call for Proposals: Space and Biotechnology

The European Space Agency’s “Space and Biotechnology” opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop biotechnology services that can benefit from using space-based data or capabilities.
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Agroforestry Standards for Regenerative Agriculture

Agroforestry is increasingly being recognized as a holistic food production system that can have numerous significant environmental, economic, and social benefits. This growing recognition is paralleled in the USA by the budding interest in regenerative agriculture and motivation to certify regenerative practices.

NASA and FAO launch next-generation geospatial tool

Collect Earth Online allows anyone to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere.

Call for applications: 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics prize

Corn is one of the world’s most important crops. Each year, breeders create several new corn products, known as experimental hybrids. Corn breeders work to create corn hybrids that can maintain high yield across a wide range of environments.
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Invest in the Cassava Processing in Nigeria

The cultivation of the improved cassava varieties by farmers in Nigeria has enhanced the position of Nigeria as the world-leading producer of cassava with production output of 45 million MT of fresh cassava root in 2014. However due to the lack of modern logistic, infrastructure and technology only about 30% of fresh cassava root are processed into finished products which are mainly cassava flour and cassava starch. Therefore, we oversee an opportunity for foreign investment in the cassava industry in Nigeria.
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Agricool raises 28M USD to make urban farming a reality

In 2030, 20% of products consumed worldwide will come from urban farming (compared to 5% today). In the past 3 years, Agricool’s teams have developed a technology to grow local, healthy fruits and vegetables more productively and within small and controlled spaces, known as “Cooltainers” (recycled shipping containers transformed into urban farms).

Call for applications: International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

FAO and the Government of Switzerland are calling on individuals, private companies or institutions to submit a nomination.
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Call for applications: Concept notes for P4G Partnership Fund

Applicants are invited to submit concept notes for P4G Partnership Fund that offers financial support and targeted assistance to select public-private partnerships that are advancing innovative strategies to achieve five Sustainable Development Goals.
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Web-Based System for the Remote Monitoring and Management of Precision Irrigation: A Case Study in an Arid Region of Argentina

This article presents a description of the design, development, and implementation of web-based software and dedicated hardware which allows for the remote monitoring and control of a drip irrigation system.

ADB Project to Modernize Irrigation Systems, Improve Agricultural Productivity in Viet Nam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved over $100 million in financing to help the Government of Viet Nam install eight modernized irrigation systems in five drought-affected provinces, which will improve agricultural productivity, especially among farmers growing high-value crops such as coffee, peppers, grapes, dragon fruits, and mangoes.

Land Husbandry: Biochar application to reduce land degradation and erosion on cassava production

The experiment results show that biochar applications reduce of soil erosion rate of the cassava field were not necessarily higher than those of maize in terms of crop yield and crop management.

ESA's Call for applications: The application of space-based data and technology in the Asia Pacific

The use and integration of space technologies and services is considered especially suitable and relevant in this region due to its geographical characteristics, being vast with large areas of difficult accessibility. Many examples can be provided as reliance on Satellite Earth Observation data for monitoring applications or on Satellite Communications assets for providing connectivity to remote regions. The positioning and navigation capabilities of Satellite Navigation signals are useful ubiquitously in many applications and services.
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NEXUS: Integrated Sustainable Energy for Enhancing Farm Productivity

NEXUS is developing inexpensive and efficient sustainable energy greenhouse heating technologies that provide affordable and sustainable means to improve the food-growing capacities and the standard of living for farmer communities in rural Appalachia while reducing the use of fossil fuels.

IoT-Based Strawberry Disease Prediction System for Smart Farming

Crop diseases cannot be accurately predicted by merely analyzing individual disease causes. Only through construction of a comprehensive analysis system can users be provided with predictions of highly probable diseases. In this study, cloud-based technology capable of handling the collection, analysis, and prediction of agricultural environment information in one common platform was developed. The proposed Farm as a Service (FaaS) integrated system supports high-level application services by operating and monitoring farms as well as managing associated devices, data, and models.

Zero energy, low water consumption irrigation for agriculture

An EU-funded consortium developed large-scale photovoltaic irrigation systems that are completely powered by renewable energy and have been shown to reduce water consumption by around 30 %.

Social enterprise Ricult uses digital tools to empower rural farmers in developing countries

Farmers can use Ricult’s platform to secure credit, attain inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, monitor weather forecasts, and connect directly with buyers to sell their crops. Further, the platform helps farmers maximize their yields by providing personalized advice for growing crops based on soil tests.

Smart Agriculture Model using modern technologies

This paper presents different techniques of smart agriculture based on the key technologies such as Internet Of Things(IOT), Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), cloud computing, mobile computing, precision agriculture.

Call for Proposals to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet

The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are seeking proposals to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet.
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Energy and Environmental Assessments of Bioethanol production from Sri Kanji 1 Cassava in Malaysia

This study was aimed to evaluate the potential of bioethanol production from Sri Kanji 1 cassava in Malaysia in terms of energy efficiency and renewability, as well to estimate the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in CO2 equivalent. Bioethanol production process from cassava includes cassava farming, ethanol production, and transportation in which the primary energy consumption was considered.
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The Application of Mobile Edge Computing in Agricultural Water Monitoring System

In this paper, a data link management solution is proposed in combination with advanced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technology, which effectively realizes the sinking of business anchor points and greatly reduces the business response time.

Thailand announced incentives to Boost Investment in Food Innovations

The incentives range from 5-10 years of corporate income tax exemption depending on the type of business and the level of technological advancement. To make this industry more attractive, BOI has offered addition incentives to top up from normal package. The additional incentives such as 50% corporate income tax holiday for five years or an additional two more years of income tax holiday will also be available.

Big Data in Smart Farming – A review

The review shows that the scope of Big Data applications in Smart Farming goes beyond primary production; it is influencing the entire food supply chain. Big data are being used to provide predictive insights in farming operations, drive real-time operational decisions, and redesign business processes for game-changing business models. Several authors therefore suggest that Big Data will cause major shifts in roles and power relations among different players in current food supply chain networks.
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iPathology: Robotic Applications and Management of Plants and Plant Diseases

We present and review robotic applications on plant pathology and management, and emerging agricultural technologies for intra-urban agriculture. Greenhouse advanced management systems and technologies have been greatly developed in the last years, integrating IoT and WSN (Wireless Sensor Network). Machine learning, machine vision, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) have been utilized and applied in agriculture for automated and robotic farming.
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Investment Opportunities in India Andhra Pradesh's Food Industry

Andhra Pradesh is the 8th largest state of India by area and 10th largest in terms of population. It has the 2nd longest coastline (974 km) in India. Andhra Pradesh is the base for agricultural activities and food processing. The state is the 2nd largest producer of value-added food products and beverages.
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Agri-voltaics or Solar Farming: the concept of Integrating Solar PV based Electricity Generation and Crop Production in a single land use system

Considering the available land area between PV rows and wash out water from PV panels along with harvested rainwater from panel, few crops which can be grown in agri-voltaic system were screened based on their height, water requirement and shade tolerance characteristics.
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Enterprise-Oriented IoT Name Service for Agricultural Product Supply Chain Management

In this work, we present iotNS, a simple, efficient enterprise-oriented name service designed for agricultural products. The iotNS provides five times faster response than the standard GS1 ONS system. The iotNS has been deployed across five cities to enable the efficient storage and retrieval of information about agricultural products as they are tracked from the farm to the market.
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Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples

Wastewater reuse is an excellent example that naturally explains the importance of integrated management of water, soil and waste, which we define as the Nexus approach. The process begins in the waste sector, but the selection of the correct management model can make it relevant and important to the water and soil as well.
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ADB Launches Book Showcasing Benefit of Internet Use in Agriculture

The book shows that application of intelligent agriculture practices also provide substantial benefits in pollution control, which help mitigate the contribution of the agriculture sector to global climatic changes. Optimized use of fertilizer and pesticide translates into less soil pollution and less subsequent non-source point pollution together with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar power tracking & Auto irrigation system

The key objective of this project is decreasing the manual efforts and optimum use of water. In the farmers area electricity available for only few hours which is in day or night. In this project we use the solar panel for the generation energy i.e . electricity.

Machine learning methods for crop yield prediction and climate change impact assessment in agriculture

We describe an approach to yield modeling that uses a semiparametric variant of a deep neural network, which can simultaneously account for complex nonlinear relationships in high-dimensional datasets, as well as known parametric structure and unobserved cross-sectional heterogeneity.

Hyperspectral-imaging device gives farmers more accurate read on plant health, provides valuable crop data

A Purdue University professor has built an innovative handheld sensor that gives plant scientists and farmers a more precise way of measuring the health of crops while gathering up-to-the-minute data that state and federal officials and others will find valuable.

Remarkable agrivoltaic influence on soil moisture, micrometeorology and water-use efficiency

The goal of this study was to show that the impacts of these factors should be considered in designing the solar farms to take advantage of potential net gains in agricultural and power production.

Call for Applications: Al-Sumait Prize 2019 - Food Security in Africa

The prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement in the Food Security on the African Continent.
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Farmers Edge Releases the Industry’s First Automatic Crop Health Change Detection Tool

The company’s latest innovation redefines traditional use of satellite imagery, shifting crop health management from reactive to proactive.

Call for Proposals: Improve the production and distribution of food in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.
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Call for Research Projects to improve Nutrition interventions in East Africa

ECF will award up to three grants in 2019 in one or more of the following East African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Somalia.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Agri-Aqua Labs - Looking behind plant adaptation

In the area of crop production, there is a fundamental interest in deciphering the dynamic responses of plants as they (pre)adapt to local conditions or adjust their growth and development to changes in the environment within their plasticity range. These adaptive traits are all the more important as plants are sessile and therefore require effective strategies to deal with uncertainty and to tolerate rather than avoid stress.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Bio-based fertilisers from animal manure

Projects shall demonstrate processes for recovery of mineral nutrients and production of novel fertilisers from animal manure.
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Image processing analysis of geospatial uav orthophotos for palm oil plantation monitoring

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is one of the tools that can be used to monitor palm oil plantation remotely. With the geospatial orthophotos, it is possible to identify which part of the plantation land is fertile for planted crops, means to grow perfectly.

Precision Farming Startup Unlocks Hundreds of Terabytes of Ag Data to the Public

OneSoil launches an interactive digital map of ag data including more than 57 million fields across Europe and the United States, and data on 20 types of crops collected over the last three years

Solar Powered Automated Pipe Water Management System, Water Footprint and Carbon Footprint in Soybean Production

This study aims to implement the system in controlling water level at a soybean production land, and further to observe water footprint and carbon footprint contribution of the soybean production process with application of the automated system.

The Australian digital farmer: challenges and opportunities

This paper considers the disruption brought about by digital farming. Major technical, legal, policy and social challenges and opportunities are outlined in the context of digital farming in Australia.

EU's Call for Proposals: Integrated water management in small agricultural catchments

Activities shall assess the use of small water retention approaches for managing excess and shortage of water and nutrient recovery from water streams. The link between agricultural land management and soil-water management for increased nutrient uptake and water retention should be assessed.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Food Systems Africa

Proposals shall assess and deliver better nutrition performance of African farming systems, strengthening the agro-biodiversity (and integrated aquaculture systems) and food diversity.
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Call for Applications: 2019 GrowthAfrica Business Scaleup Accelerator in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia

The GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business.
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Corteva Agriscience and IRRI Ink Partnership to Develop Advanced Rice Technologies and Programs

The partnership seeks to improve the genetic outcomes of breeding programs, encourage sustainable rice cultivation, and develop new rice varieties which deliver higher yields and are more resilient against biotic and abiotic stresses.

Study reveals best use of wildflowers to benefit crops on farms

For the first time, a Cornell University study of strawberry crops on New York farms tested this theory and found that wildflower strips on farms added pollinators when the farm lay within a "Goldilocks zone," where 25 to 55 percent of the surrounding area contained natural lands.

EU's Call for Proposals: Reinforcing the EU agricultural knowledge base

Activities shall analyse and compare the approaches taken on their performance and impact for farmers/foresters as well as effectivity of the communication and information channels used for dissemination in countries and regions.
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Increasing investment in Australian AgTech pivotal to our economic success: report

A new report released today by the United States Studies Centre – the first of its kind –analyses the volume, value, and makeup of AgTech investment in Australia.

EU-funded scientists developed adaptable ground and aerial robots that can transform farming

Utilising the data delivered from the UAV, the UGV prototype, called Bonirob, autonomously navigates its environment and performs actions at set locations. For example, it can spray a pesticide onto a selected crop area, and in the case of weed presence, it can get rid of them mechanically, avoiding the use of dangerous herbicides.

EU's Call for Proposals: ERANETs in agri-food

The agri-food sector needs to take more advantage of the potential of digital technologies. Relevant technologies may include Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data technologies, remote and localised sensing.
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3D visualization of GIS data in coconut plantation management: challenges and opportunities

The aim of this paper is to reveal the existing challenges and find opportunities of online 3D visualization of GIS data in coconut plantation management.

Sustainable agricultural mechanization can redeem Africa from perpetual food insecurity

The framework presents a menu of priority elements to be considered by AUC Member States when developing their own national strategies for sustainable agricultural mechanization.

Modern bioenergy leads the growth of all renewables to 2023, according to latest IEA market forecast

Modern bioenergy will have the biggest growth in renewable resources between 2018 and 2023, underscoring its critical role in building a robust renewable portfolio and ensuring a more secure and sustainable energy system, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest market forecast.

Machine Learning Applications on Agricultural Datasets for Smart Farm Enhancement

This work aims to show how to manage heterogeneous information and data coming from real datasets that collect physical, biological, and sensory values.

From Seed to Server: The Evolution of Modern Agriculture

IBM is bringing data and AI together with the global release of the Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture to help growers and enterprises make better decisions.

Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

This report showcases the role that technology can play in improving the quality, timeliness, and frequency of agricultural statistics in Asia and the Pacific.

Call for Proposals: Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Pest and Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries

The goal of this topic is to solicit innovative tools and technologies for crop pests and disease surveillance over large geographic regions in low-income countries. We are looking for tools and approaches that have the potential to transform crop pest and disease surveillance globally, with a focus on low-income countries.
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International Job Vacancy: Expert in Cassava value chain

The Expert in Cassava value chain will work with our team on the development of a commercial cassava plantation and an integrated cassava processing plant (cassava starch, waste to animal feed, waste to energy).
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African Development Bank seeks partnerships to establish Staple Crop Processing Zones across Africa

The Bank’s ongoing initiatives had the objectives of growing income for farmers, stabilizing prices for staple crops, reducing losses and stimulating multiplier effects in local economies. With its Staple Crop Processing Zones and other initiatives, the Bank is demonstrating how this can be done.

Pepper-picking robot demonstrates its skills in greenhouse labour automation

The SWEEPER robot is the first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world demonstrated in a commercial greenhouse. It is designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with a crop having non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion.

Tomatoes 'mixing chemical cocktails': Early detection of disease resistance in food crops

A new approach promises to forecast cultivar resistance much earlier than was possible before. Researchers can now analyse cultivar resistance at seedling stage for a range of threats. They use plant metabolomics and statistical modelling to decode the plants' chemical defences.

Call for Applications: IoT.ATL AgTech Challenge - Innovative AgTech solutions

The IoT.ATL AgTech Challenge will select six solutions to tackle the growing global food shortages. Startups are encouraged to collaborate to provide one complete and innovative AgTech solution. The selected startups will get access to a 20-foot shipping container along the Atlanta Beltline to pilot their AgTech over the course of 12-months as part of Atlanta's Demonstration Project program.
Applications are closed

Call for Proposals: Blockchain use cases in Agriculture

The objective of this call is to support the implementation of blockchain use cases addressing the agri-food sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, in order to contribute to its transformation.
Applications are closed

Top Three Ways Blockchain Is Killing It in Agribusiness

We’re going to look at how blockchain in agribusiness is actually making a positive impact already with real, live use cases and companies making cost-savings and improving efficiencies now.

As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world

The profile of emerging economies in global agricultural trade has greatly increased, with rising per capita incomes and reduced poverty levels. This has boosted food consumption and imports and led to gains in agricultural productivity, driving up food exports, not only to markets in the industrialized world but also to other countries in the Global South.

Global Blockchain Technology Market in the Agriculture Sector to grow at a CAGR of over 56% during 2018-2022

The IoT devices used in smart supply chain management in the agriculture sector require an application platform to transmit data. Blockchain technology is gaining popularity in the smart supply chain management in the agriculture sector.

Water Productivity through Open Access of remotely sensed derived data portal (WaPOR)

The WaPOR portal provides publicly accessible, near real-time data to monitor agricultural water productivity, using innovative satellite technology.

Call for Applications: Business ventures in Sub-saharan Africa - Urban community housing solution, Agriculture, Healthcare, Renewable Energy, Water and Education

Vital Capital Fund is a $350 million private equity fund that invests in opportunities which simultaneously enhance the quality of life of communities in rapidly developing nations, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, while also delivering attractive financial returns for investors.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

Solutions for Agricultural Transformation: Insights on Knowledge-Intensive Agriculture

Technological innovations and improvements create opportunities for a paradigm shift from labor and resource-intensive to knowledge-intensive agriculture. In a workshop organized by the Asian Development Bank, stakeholders exchanged experiences and ideas on how to design and implement measures to build a knowledge-intensive agriculture.
10 months ago

Call for Applications: The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowship

The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners).
Applications are closed
10 months ago

«Think big» to make global food trade work for nutrition

Global trade in food is essential for all countries, but the world's trade and regulation rulebook needs to be rebooted with an eye to bolstering trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
10 months ago

Call for Applications: 2018 Roddenberry Prize

Applications are open for 2018 Roddenberry Prize that will be awarded to organizations focused on four issue areas ranked in the top 10 among Project Drawdown's top solutions for global warming.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

IoT for Agriculture: Food Quality and Safety

Utilizing IOT in the food supply chain (FSC) is believed to enhance the quality of life by tracing and tracking the food conditions and live-sharing the obtained data with the consumers or the FSC supervisors.
a year ago

Compatibility between Crops and Solar Panels: An Overview from Shading Systems

The use of alternative energy in agricultural production is desired by many researchers, especially for protected crops that are grown in greenhouses with photovoltaic panels on the roofs.
a year ago

Precision for Smallholder Farmers: A Small-Scale-Tailored Variable Rate Fertilizer Application Kit

In this study, a real-time variable rate fertilizer application system was developed and tested as an add-on kit to conventional farm machinery. In the context of low investment costs for smallholder farmers, high user-friendliness and easy installment were the main concerns for the system to be viable.
a year ago

FAO calls for global coordination for a bioeconomy that leaves no one behind

If done right, in particular with and for family farmers, bioeconomy can help efforts to tackle pressing global problems such as hunger, poverty and climate change.
a year ago

Anglophone West Africa’s brightening economic prospects

The economic forecast for Anglophone West Africa is looking brighter according to analysis by Ecobank’s research team in the newly published Anglophone West Africa section of its flagship financial website, Africa FICC. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is at last moving out of recession, Ghana’s growth continues to be strong, and the region’s smaller countries are picking up as they shake off the lingering effects of the Ebola outbreak in 2013-16.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Produce biopesticides or bio-based fertilisers as components of sustainable agricultural management plans

Biopesticides are pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria and certain minerals.They can improve the management of pests for sustainable agricultural management programmes, by combatting only the targeted pest and closely related organisms, making them sometimes more selective than conventional pesticides.
Applications are closed
a year ago

New European Investment Bank loans under Juncker Plan set to mobilise €1 billion in investment for agriculture and bio-economy sectors

New financing initiative targets investments by private cooperatives and companies in the agriculture sector. The EIB financing amounts to €400m and is expected to back close to €1bn of investment across Europe.
a year ago

Positive prospects for solar-powered irrigation systems

Solar powered irrigation systems are now an affordable and climate-friendly technology for both large and small-scale farmers in developing countries. But they need to be adequately managed and regulated to avoid the risk of unsustainable water use, FAO stressed in a new report published today.
a year ago

World Bank Approves $200 million to Help Côte d’Ivoire Increase Cashew Productivity and Promote Cashew Processing Industry

The World Bank today approved a $200 million loan to help Côte d’Ivoire increase cashew productivity, quality and promote the cashew processing industry in the country.
a year ago

Exploring the benefit of farming slideshow to agri-business marketing

This paper proposes the mechanism of farming slideshow, a new presentation of traceability by dynamic arrangement to farming records on S.A.M.P. The experiment is performed in the Yongling organic farm in Kaohsiung, generating over 30,000 vegetable packages supporting farming slideshow.
a year ago

AfDB’s Trade Finance Operation signs US $100-million soft commodity finance facility agreement with the Export Trading Group

The African Development Bank has signed a loan agreement for a soft commodity finance facility (SCFF) with the Export Trading Group (ETC). This Facility is innovatively structured as two successive loans of US $100 million, each with a tenor of up to 2 years, thus signifying the African Development Bank’s strong commitment to the promotion of agriculture in Africa.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Stepping up integrated pest management

There is a need to develop and promote more cost-effective and sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) options which are based on a holistic view of agro-ecosystems. IPM is part of EU legislation promoting the sustainable use of plant protection products (SUD).
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Climate-smart and resilient farming

Evidence on climate change is solid and reveals that it will affect the EU with European farming first in line through changes to rainfall regimes, rising temperatures, the variability and seasonality of the climate and the occurrence of more frequent extreme events (heatwaves, droughts, storms and floods).
Applications are closed
a year ago

20,000 Smallholder Farmers in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam to benefit from $163 Million Inclusive Agribusiness Deal

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today signed $163 million in loan agreements with Olam International Limited (OIL) and Café Outspan Vietnam Limited (COVL), a subsidiary of OIL. The loans will help improve inclusive and sustainable agricultural value chains, directly benefiting up to 20,000 smallholder farmers in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.
a year ago

EMPRICE project to foster youth entrepreneurship in the rice sectors of Mali and Senegal

In addition to 1,000 new jobs targeted, the project aims to increase revenues for up to 2,500 smallholder farmers in its two-year lifetime. More than 15,000 rural youth will be targeted via ICT channels with information on opportunities for entrepreneurship in the sector.
a year ago

Smart Farming: Including Rights Holders for Responsible Agricultural Innovation

This article draws on the literature of responsible innovation to suggest concrete processes for including rights holders in the “smart” agricultural revolution. It first draws upon historical agricultural research in Canada to highlight how productivist values drove seed innovations with particular consequences for the distribution of power in the food system.
a year ago

Breakthrough technologies for a sustainable mushroom industry

Currently, compost used for mushroom growing is only effective for one to three harvests and has to be disposed of after use, creating significant financial and logistical problems for farmers. But even used mushroom compost still contains valuable components, and BIOrescue partners will transform it into competitive bio-based products, such as bio-pesticides, biodegradable nanocapsules for drug delivery, and bio-based horticultural fertilisers.
a year ago

Role of marine macroalgae in plant protection & improvement for sustainable agriculture technology

Marine macroalgae commonly occupy intertidal and sublittoral-to-littoral zones on rocks and other hard substrata. They are considered to be an excellent natural biosource in different aspects of agricultural fields. They have great proficiency in improving soil physical and chemical properties.
a year ago

FFAR Call for Proposals: Urban Food Systems Challenge

This Challenge Area targets innovative research that includes, but is not limited to, production methods, extended growing seasons, adoption/adaptation of nutritious and resilient crops, food system constraints that increase the access and affordability of foods.
Applications are closed
a year ago

FFAR Call for Proposals: Healthy Soils

This Challenge Area targets innovative research that includes, but is not limited to, promoting robust soil microbial communities, improving cover crop cultivars, developing improved agronomic practices, characterizing soil health-related ecosystem services, increasing social and economic tractability of soil health promoting practices, and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: High-quality organic fertilisers from biogas digestate

Projects shall develop treatment technologies to convert digestate into a suitable fertiliser or soil amender. They could focus on a specific digestate type or develop a flexible process covering a variety of digestates.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Major U.S. Food Companies Join to Address Climate Change and Healthy Soils by Creating a New Standard Focused on Regenerative Agriculture

The Carbon Underground and Green America, in partnership with Ben & Jerry's (Unilever), DanoneWave, Annie's (General Mills), and MegaFood have begun development of a global verification standard for food grown in a regenerative manner. The standard seeks to encourage farmers to restore the carbon cycle and build soil health, crop resilience, and nutrient density.
a year ago

Call for Expressions of Interest: Cost-sharing initiative for the set-up of Unmanned Aerial Systems services for agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

CTA, in partnership with Parrot, a global leader in the professional UAV industry, has decided to support an increase in the number of UAS operators and countries covered across Africa.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Planting corn the earth-friendly way: Use of bio-fertilizers and plant-based insecticides in cultivating green corn at Laguna, Philippines

this study sought to find an earth-friendly way of cultivating green corn by using bio-fertilizers and plant-based insecticides. A 2x4x6 factorial experiment, following a split-split plot design with three replications, was conducted.
a year ago

Researchers use DNA prediction models to speed up banana breeding

This study, published in a paper, Genomic prediction in a multiploid crop: genotype by environment interaction and allele dosage effects on predictive ability in banana, in The Plant Genome provides the first empirical evidence on the use of genomic prediction in a banana population.
a year ago

FAO launches mobile application to support fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa

FAO has launched a mobile application to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners at the frontline of the fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa to identify, report the level of infestation, and map the spread of this destructive insect, as well as to describe its natural enemies and the measures that are most effective in managing it.
a year ago

India's Mega Food Park to give a major boost to the food processing sector

Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach.
a year ago

ADB Projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, Tajikistan Secure GCF Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has secured $190 million in total funding comprising of $85 million in grants and $105 million in concessional loans from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for its climate change projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, shoring up the bank’s efforts to increase its climate financing for the Asia and Pacific region.
a year ago

Inclusive Climate-Smart Finance (in Africa) – Reaching those most in need

Addressing the climate challenge rests inter alia on the availability of adequate and sustainable climate-smart finance, along with properly designed mechanisms for its smooth provision.
a year ago

Agricultural Sustainability Project Reached 20.9 Million Smallholder Farmers Across China

Smallholder farmers who cultivate perhaps only a few hectares of land dominate the agricultural landscape in places like China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Increasing their efficiency while reducing their environmental impact are critical steps to ensuring a sustainable food source for the world’s growing population.
a year ago

USDA Call for Proposals: Local Food Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is seeking applications for its Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of local and regional food businesses (including those that are not direct producer-to-consumer markets) that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.
Applications are closed
a year ago