Studies have demonstrated the need to significantly increase the world’s food production by 2050. However, there is a limited amount of additional arable land, and water levels have also been receding. Although technology could help, the adoption rate of new technological solutions is slow due to factors including cost, maintenance, and limited power and internet connectivity.
Data, coupled with the farmer’s knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity, and also help reduce costs. However, getting data from the farm is extremely difficult since there is often no power in the field, or Internet access at the farms.
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