eAgriculture: Using Technology to Empower Farming Communities
As global population growth continues to soar, food security—the availability of and access to food—is an increasing concern. At the same time, high costs and inefficiencies have made farming an increasingly unviable profession for small farmers in developing countries.
A successful eAgriculture project in the state of Odisha, India, demonstrates how technology can be used to address these issues and improve the livelihoods of small farmers. In just over one year, the eAgriculture project helped 6,000 farmers increase their incomes as much as 300 percent, and created job opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Organizations and governments that care about farming can learn from and apply the eAgriculture model that proved successful in Odisha. It provides a unique opportunity to support small farmers in developing countries—and potentially increase food security, create jobs, and support long-term economic growth.