Innovative digital technologies are increasingly fundamental to agricultural production and sustainability. From a food supply perspective alone, there is an urgent need to optimise farming practices. According to the FAO, the world’s population will grow over a third by 2050. These people will need homes and space to live, so while farms will need to produce 60% more food, they will not be able to expand outwards to do so. Further to this, climate change will add to the strain on other important resources. In essence, farmers will need to produce more, using less: through precision farming.

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“Technologies are driving a process the FAO defines as ‘sustainable intensification’”, states Agricolus’ Camila Bizzari in an interview with the BCO Network. The use of certain technologies and practices enables farms to increase productivity while reaping economic benefits and leading to positive health and environmental outcomes. 

Connected technologies allow for precise monitoring of crops, soil, animals and weather, and enable targeted and resource-efficient responses. Precision farming tools include connecting to weather stations that provide key climate data, geo-referenced mapping of plots, data collection in the field via mobile app, satellite indexes for crops monitoring, forecasting models for irrigation, phenology and plant diseases, and more. 

Although the integration of such tools through online platforms such as Agricolus brings a wealth of data, services and support to farmers large and small, connectivity remains an absolute prerequisite for accessing them.

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This video is part of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network’s programme promoting awareness of good practices in broadband projects as well as EU broadband funding and policy. The programme includes a series of videos, articles and publications accessible through the BCO Network portal