The process of getting food to your table in the 21st century is complex. The digital and technological advances of the 21st century introduced AgTech and FoodTech who bring about a fresh wave of life to the agriculture and food technology sectors. The way farmers and producers approach feeding the world and solving new problems is changing in exciting ways, and we’ve got a list of the top 10 AgTech books to indulge in for those wanting to engage in the enterprise, from an entrepreneurial basis to a grass roots level. The terms AgTech and FoodTech refer to the newly rejuvenated field of merging technological advancements with the production of the world’s food.
Startup incubators and accelerators play a vital role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and are key for many innovative entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life, or grow their enterprise to scale. Accelerators support and coach agtech pioneers on their way to grow, to improve and revolutionize agriculture for the 21st century. While we featured many interviews with agtech startups (like Agromapping, Autofarm, or Tvant) it is now time to take a look at the other side of the startup ecosystem. We chatted with Alberto Clerigué, Investment Manager at Sodena from the agrifood / agtech accelerator Orizont, based in Pamplona, Spain. About Orizont How did Orizont come about and what has
Agtech startup accelerator and incubator programs are companies that give aid to founders of startup companies in the agricultural sector. This support is usually in the form of financial capital required to start the business, mentorship, and coaching to impart the necessary business skills and practices for growing businesses from seed stage, into profitable multi-national organizations. The accelerator programs select a few companies to support from a list of applicants whereby the companies that portray the most potential for growth and profit are usually preferred for investments. The programs are made up of networks of investors, industry experts, and corporations who wish to invest in small companies and grow them
Many farmers acknowledge the use of Agtech but are unsure how to get started in precision culture. In these cases, specialized firms come into play. One such company is Agromapping who specializes in precision farming, data analysis and remote sensing in agriculture. We talked to founder Fran Garcia-Ruiz about Agromappings success story, the need for a change of paradigm in agriculture, the bottleneck for technology adoption and his advice for graduates who want to start a career in Agtech. On Agromapping Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Fran Garcia-Ruiz. I am an agronomic engineer and PhD in Crop Sciences with specialization
As the food industry changes and becomes ever more digitalized and dependent on technology, the job market around agriculture and food is also evolving in particularly exciting and intriguing ways. Just because you don’t know how to drive a tractor, or have never set foot inside a pig pen, doesn’t disqualify you from jumping into the exploding market of agriculture and food technology (hereon referred to as agtech and foodtech). While actual farm and food experience is undoubtedly useful, there’s room in these industries for technological specialties in a variety of areas. Thanks to the current prevalence of high quality online education, there are now tons of options at your
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
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
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.
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
Improving communication is vital to make agriculture more efficient and sustainable. Making the multiple procedures of the oil production industry easier is the goal of Alcuzapp. Antonio Moreno and David and Antonio Galisteo took on this challenge and developed Alcuzapp, an app to facilitate communication between farmers dedicated to olive production and olive oil mills. On Alcuza Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I am Antonio Moreno, Alcuza Software CEO, developer and responsible for the AlcuzApp Project. I studied computer science at university, and, soon after, I worked as a programmer. I started my first computer services company in which I worked for 13 years. I’ve always