Triple win approach
Agricolus has been recognized by the United Nation Global Compact as one of the startups promoting sustainable development worldwide in the agricultural sector.
In fact, the company adopts an approach to sustainability called “Triple Win” that can be achieved through the use of the platform:
- reducing the environmental impact
- minimizing agricultural costs
- improving the quality of food
Today agriculture has a great task related to production and, at the same time, to sustainability. World population will increase by more than a third by 2050: we will need 60% more food than available (Looking ahead in world food and agriculture: Perspectives to 2050, FAO) .
It is important to increase productivity and, at the same time, reduce the inputs used – water, fertilizers, plant protection products – for the environmental and economic sustainability of agricultural production.
AgriTech tools, which allow to collect adn interpret information to make data driven decisions, become necessary.
Reducing environmental impact
A common feature of sustainable farming practices is the use of technological tools to help natural ecological processes occur when growing different crops without harming the environment and minimizing the impact of farming operations during plant care and harvesting.
Thanks to new developments in agri-technologies, farmers minimize soil tillage and water use (irrigation management), encourage healthy soil by sowing different crops from year to year (crop rotation support management), and avoid the use of pesticides by feeding the presence of organisms that control crop-destroying pests (disease models and crop scouting).
Minimizing agricultural costs
The relatively recent awareness of limited natural resources and pollution of soil, air and water prompts the adoption of solutions aimed at improving the situation and the transition to sustainable agriculture.
Reducing the use of inputs thanks to a Decision Support System (DSS), which suggests when, how much and where to carry out an intervention, allows the farmer to minimize the costs of the farm and to better organize the activities of collaborators.
Improving quality of food
Modern trends show that further adoption of intelligent farming in agriculture will help alleviate some food problems and achieve the required levels of food quality and safety.
Moreover, thanks to traceability technologies, it is possible to collect data useful for checking the production process during each step, from the field to the packaging. The direct advantage is that the final consumer will have a top quality product on the table.
The use of Agriculture 4.0 techniques responds in fact to the needs declared in the recent “Farm to Fork” strategy of the European Commission, made public in 2020, which aims to make the entire food chain more sustainable.