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Precision agriculture and big data: the next revolution?

In 2050 planet Earth will be hosting over 9 billion inhabitants. The expected 2 billion extra mouths to feed are going to pose a real challenge for agriculture.

If everyone is going to have enough to eat in the future, agricultural production will need to increase by 70% over its current level. In other words, we will have to learn to produce more with less. How can this circle be squared?

One of the possible solutions is to make further technological progress in agriculture. Agriculture has already seen two major revolutions: the first, at the time of the industrial revolution when production was mechanised; the second was the ‘green revolution’ when pesticides and other agrochemicals were widely adopted.

Now we are seeing the advent of a third revolution, one based on Big Data.

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