Are drones the next big enabler for achieving social impact in Africa?

Expert commentary by Tendai Pasipanodya, first published on LinkedIn on September, 27th 2017. For entrepreneurs in many parts of Africa working to make a positive difference in heath, agriculture, education, and beyond, the road is often tough – and full of potholes. Especially when delivering goods and services to people in remote areas: it’s expensive and unreliable. But what if this transportation barrier could be overcome using drones? Imagine the potential impact of connecting places that are otherwise cut off due to bad roads, the rainy season or even natural disasters. Cellphone technology, backed by widespread network coverage and Internet connectivity, opened the door for new solutions to pressing issues

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Industry Focus: Gluten Free Baked Goods

The gluten free baked goods industry is currently going through significant growth. Inadvertently, there has also been an increase in career opportunities in this field and food tech in general. This increase is mostly attributed to the recent gluten free food trend. The Gluten Free Food Trend According to the Financial Times, gluten free food is one of the leading trends in the food industry. Interestingly, people suffering from Celiac disease are not the only ones contributing to the gluten free industry. Food Business News attributes the growing number of consumers interested in gluten free food products to rising health consciousness among consumers. This could be attributed to increased rates

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10 Amazing TED Talks That Explain the Opportunities of AgTech

During this time of heated debate about food security, genetic plant engineering, and environmental sustainability, everyone has a responsibility to stay informed about the many intersections between ecology, farming, and public policy. These 10 AgTech TED Talks are a great way to do that! Agriculture is one of the most economically, socially, and ecologically fundamental of all the modern industries. Yet most citizens of developed nations have little to no knowledge of the processes, difficulties, and technologies involved in producing the food that they eat each day. Understandably, interest in these debates and questions have surged among the general public over the last few years. But how can such complex, challenging

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Startup Stories: Remote Controlled Farming

Smart farming technology and process automation are vital to making agricultural enterprises more efficient and sustainable. AgTech is comprised of many kinds of technical solutions and remote controlling and automation is a huge step towards an era of digital farming. The Spanish startup AutoFarm is working on remote controlling factors from feeding to temperature. Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Daniel Reboredo. I currently work at a 1700-quota pig farm with my company Silicent Systems, LLC. We are a startup that is basically dedicated to the design and development of software and hardware for the monitoring and control of farming operations.

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Industry Focus: Smart Irrigation

The importance of finding new ways to farm sustainably is inarguable. Smart irrigation is one factor that comes into play when discussing modern methods of farming. Not only does it help the environment, but it promotes a healthier economy and, subsequently, job growth. What is the purpose of smart irrigation? Lio Doron, the director of New Product Development at Netafim, points out that smart irrigation demands that clean water be preserved, seeing as it is a diminishing resource. A substantial amount of water is wasted in the process of agricultural farming. Doron questions whether or not the over-watering of plants is caused by a lack of education. He states, “this

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Startup Stories: Picture Analysis Using Drones

Smart farming and precision agriculture are more than buzzwords, but technological trends that impact nearly every aspect of agriculture. Alberto Burgos de la Torre worked in agriculture for 16 years and decided to commit to making methods more sustainable by offering drone technologies for image processing.  On Smart Flight Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is José Alberto Burgos de la Torre, I’m a Technical Agricultural Engineer. I run a technical office of an Andalusia-based wholesale company in the distribution of fertilizers and phytosanitary products with over 4 generations of antiquity, specializing in the cultivation of olive groves. I’m an assistant technician

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Industry Focus: Animal Free Gelatine

Gelatin is a common consumer substance. It is present in cosmetics, and even food stuffs such as cakes, ice cream, yogurt, and jelly. It is important to note that even medicine capsules are made of gelatin. Due to the rapidly increasing vegan population, most people are beginning to avoid this animal based product. This exponential growth in the vegan population is majorly due to the popular opinion that the vegan diet is healthier than an animal based one. It is also due to the increased accessibility of vegan products. This growing vegan trend has led to the emergence of the animal free gelatin industry. Due to this, several unexpected career

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