Technology Enabling Farmers

Modern Technology and World Hunger

World Hunger is one of the biggest disasters of our time. According to United Nations we will need to increase the world’s food production by 70% to feed the world’s population by 2050. It is a crisis which takes away many children from budding nations, a major way for them to grow. Ending child hunger could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5%. Around the globe, more than enough food is produced to feed the world population and yet more than 690 million people still go hungry due to waste of this produce.

With modern technology we are closer to bring an end to this crisis than ever. Modern Technology such as Artificial Intelligence, IOT, robotics and more can help us achieve new and optimal ways to produce, monitor and distribute the food produced. 

Let us start with the land suitable for farming, not all land is suitable for farming and if not used properly we will pay the price in near future. Using satellite imagery, we can classify the type of land into two categories, suitable for farming and not suitable for farming. Once we have this wide scale data, we can further extract information from the land using sensors from soil type, what is the best type of crop for this land and so on.

One of the biggest problems for farmers is rainfall prediction, a good harvest depends on a good rainfall. Understanding the rainfall patterns and predicting them is one of the key elements, we can decide the type of crops to plants based on this estimation. 

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Plant infection can take a complete yield in one go and to stop this, sensors must be deployed to monitor the soil quality, and to check if the plant is infected. Once enough data is gathered, farmers around the world will be able to check for such infections with the help of an app.

The amount of water which is being allocated for farming will be affected soon, we are already facing water shortage. With this managing the right amount of water for each crop becomes an essential element. With machine learning we can gather data and estimate the right amount of water needed by the crop at the right time for their optimal growth.

IOT, a cluster of sensors and systems can help us gather data regarding crop health, soil condition, climate change and many other features for a lot of data points. This data will serve as a base for powerful Deep Learning models and help us achieve our end goal to make agriculture smarter and more efficient.

Conflicts and wars are one of the major elements in famine. Wars causes people to lose their loved ones, it destroys their homes and hits the nation as a disaster. One of the major aftereffects of war is poverty, it leaves the nation with nothing but destruction. This is one of the major causes of famine, and leave children underfed destroys a nation at it’s core by destroying its youth.

Imagine a world regulated by technology which ensures the most efficient use of resources, and at the same time conserves the environment, the way forward is a world in the embrace of technology.

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Author: Raman Garg

Raman stands out for quick learning, versatility, and good listening skills. Having done his graduation in CSE, learning new skills, and stepping into a new domain is second nature to him. He was VP for his college competitive coding club which taught him the importance of team building. He has a great passion for analytical skills, mathematics, and new technologies. He has a strong inclination towards finance and aspires to work in this domain. His interest in different cultures led him to join the International Relations Office.

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