What's the "tech" in "agtech"?
The UAE’s food security challenges have several environmental, policy and economic elements that make them complex to tackle. Technology is the vehicle to address these challenges, but what is technology, exactly?
In our modern world, technology is everywhere around us, and its potential applications to food security are equally diverse. “Technologically-driven” solutions have a clear grasp of what methods currently exist to solve food security issues and propose a way forward to achieve better results. Below are a few examples of technology applications to get you thinking into how this works in practice.
What is it? A device that gathers information about its environment and sends the information to other electronic devices.
How is it applied? Aeroponic farms install sensors to monitor nutrient uptake for different kinds of plants
Internet of Things
What is it? The system of interrelated computers and devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.
How is it applied? These sensors transmit information about plant growth rates to computers that house data for the entire farm.
What is it? The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines through the process of learning, reasoning, and self-correction.
How is it applied? These computers can be taught to adjust levels of light and water to maximize agricultural output, tailored for each kind of plant.
Strong ideas use a combination of the technologies above to maximize the benefits of each. An example of a company leveraging multiple technologies is Winnow Vision. Through cloud technology, vision-enabled artificial intelligence, and data analytics, Winnow Vision helps chefs track food items routinely wasted and adjust their production to slash cost. As a result, Winnow Vision was able to cut food waste by half and saved up to 20% of total food costs.
Technology is an essential component in a strong application. If you are looking for a technical person to join your team, we encourage you to connect with other participants via our social media, where you will find a community who are passionate about food security just like you!