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Next Steps in Digital Agribusiness at Grow Asia

ICCO shares insights on digital-based farm services for smallholders in regional events.

Next Steps in Digital Agribusiness at Grow Asia

Singapore, 17 June--Satellite data are difficult for smallholder farmers to access, understand and make good use of. Yet geodata provide insights which are crucial for farms to be managed well. ICCO is pleased to share our experiences with our Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) projects at the third event of the Grow Asia Digital Learning Series in Singapore on 17 June, followed by the G4AW Southeast Asia Regional Workshop in Bali from 19-20 June.

How to turn satellite data into actionable information?

Marinus Verweij, CEO of ICCO, is a guest speaker at the event. He says: “It’s predicted that the demand for food will increase by 70% by 2050. At the moment, farmers lack timely information to effectively manage their farms. However, there is a large amount of satellite data that is generated on a daily basis with the potential to assist them. The big question is how are we able to turn this satellite data into actionable information? There is no individual solution by one party that can solve the problem. Rather, stakeholders need to create partnerships to develop innovative solutions that not only increase the quantity and quality of produce, but also improve the lives of farmers.”

At the workshops ICCO shares our knowledge and explores solutions for challenges that have come up, including: How to solve the lack of knowledge on agrometeorology in the commodities we work with? How do we get a large number of farmers into our database? How do we make digital-based farming more affordable in the short-term (and not just profitable in the long-run)?

How space can be used to transform technology in Agriculture

The Grow Asia Digital Learning Series event is a collaboration between Grow Asia and the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) program, while the G4AW Southeast Asia Regional Workshop in Bali is co-organized by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and ICCO. Both events aim to provide a platform for 11 G4AW projects to share their work and ideas on how space can be used to transform technology in agriculture. The events bring together relevant stakeholders, including government, development actors, private sector organizations, startups and entrepreneurs.  

ICCO believes that it is crucial for all stakeholders to work together to explore innovative business models to solve key problems. We are proud of the role we play in developing these public-private partnerships. By connecting government actors, private sector partners, and knowledge institutions, we are able to create multi-faceted innovative solutions that address the very real challenges farmers face and help to improve their livelihoods.

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