Fourth Industrial Revolution to Transform Global Food Systems

Posted by on February 25, 2016 in Tech, World

afourThe recent World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland focused on the emergence of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that will be marked by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. Change will occur at a breakneck speed in this revolution, while it unleashes immense new opportunities to transform the efficiency and sustainability of global production systems.

DuPont is gearing up to take advantage of the unprecedented innovation accompanying the Fourth Industrial Revolution to re-think and transform global food systems. With the world population growing to an estimated nine billion by 2050, it is critically important to develop new solutions for the world’s agricultural value chains to sustainably feed the planet.

The food challenge becomes more complex in view of the environmental factors. A changing climate, leading to more extreme weather events – variable precipitation, floods and droughts – and higher average temperatures are all expected to impact crop yields in many parts of the world.

DuPont believes that collaboration among all stakeholders is needed to create solutions that will pave the way for more sustainable and smarter global food production. For instance, most farmers currently rely on inefficient and increasingly outdated approaches to deal with pests that significantly reduce agricultural yields and quality.

Breakthroughs such as DuPont’s Evalio AgroSystems provide a better way. Utilizing a network that monitors pest populations and their movements, it offers real-time warnings to farmers, resulting in crop protection measures that are targeted for maximum benefit. Evalio AgroSystems can help improve yield and crop quality, increase economic returns for farmers, and reduce water consumption and GHG emissions.

Another advanced solution from DuPont is EncircaSM services, which combines the latest technology for weather, soils, agronomy and analytics into a single, optimized platform to help farmers improve their productivity. EncircaSM services can even provide farmers with advanced 3-D views into the composition of the soils on their farms, including valuable information on soil depth, texture, organic matter content, and water holding capacity, to help inform decisions on input management.

Food security is inextricably linked with sustainable food systems. Collaboration and creativity are imperative in this regard, but so is transparency. People want to understand how their food is grown and how it gets to them. The Fourth Industrial Revolution holds great promise and opportunity to build a robust foundation for sustainably meeting one of humankind’s most basic needs.

Source: 3BL Media

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