Big Data and Food Production…

Big data has revolutionized the way we solve our many problems. It has completely changed the world’s perception of people and things. With the availability of precise and thorough information, making decisions has become easy. The magic of Big Data has spread everywhere. All possible applications of data analytics have been studied. Newer and better uses of big data are being discovered daily.

Data analytics will lead us to a connected world where everyone and everything has an online history. In today’s world itself, many countries face food shortage. Global warming has far reaching effects. One of these is the change in weather conditions all over the world. They may be comparatively mild, but we are feeling these changes all the same. As a result, food production is affected drastically.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, food production must increase with 60% to be able to feed the growing population expected to hit 9 billion in 2050.

So we step into the future of farming and food production with Big Data! Farmers today produce three times as much food as they did 50 years ago using just 12 percent more land, thanks to new technologies and better farming practices.
But the global playing field isn’t level. In Africa, farmers produce a fraction of what they could, according to the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, and most barely get by, struggling against infertile soil, drought, and diseases.


 

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The one way to feed more mouths in the future is to provide farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs access to large quantities of data in a format that is easy to read and understand. There are deeply detailed data sets on things like plant genomics and local weather conditions. Then there are broad data sets on such topics as the best crops for certain soils, changes in rainfall levels, signs of pests and diseases, and anticipated prices at local markets.

Imagine an app on a new farmer’s mobile phone that geo-locates him and then, from this ever-growing data ecosystem of knowledge, is able to identify the soil type and needs of that specific field, and then tell him where, locally, he can buy the seeds he needs and when to plant, harvest, et cetera?

At last year’s G8 conference, leaders from many countries stressed on the need to have free data available. Several countries released action plans to make agricultural data streams available. Canada, India, and the United States, among others, pushed for an open data-sharing platform. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for instance, announced the launch of a portal on the Data.gov website, which links to 348 agriculture data sets.

There are many apps that have used open data to provide services to farmers. For example there’s MyFarm, an android based, country-specific multilingual app that helps train one to give agricultural advice to farmers. Apps that provide one with a map of the world with water related risks, soil conditions, etc are also helpful.

All this points in one direction, as we believe at IntelligenceNODE, change, personalization and evolution with Big Data…!