How Do Agro-Entrepreneurs Revolutionize Farming and Agriculture

Without the development of innovative-agriculture solutions, soon, farmers worldwide are likely to face more challenges than the crop they grow.
How to apply innovation in the fields? With a world population expected to surpass nine billion by 2050, and the ongoing problems posed by global warming, innovation on the fields or anyplace where food and crop might grow is a must.

Where to begin? Let’s start with the foundation of life: soil.
Soil and water management have been at the foundation of animal and plant-based food production systems from the early civilizations.
However, the way how humans have managed these two natural resources for agriculture purposes has often resulted in disruption to ecosystems.
Naturally, ecosystems change over time or suddenly due to phenomena such as floods or fires. If one species disappears because of the above-mentioned or similar factors, all the species in the food chain will be affected. Land use by humans has impacted ecosystems. Deforestation and forest degradation for agriculture purposes cause global warming. The latter has a huge impact on agriculture. Hence, agriculture is at the same time a contributor to climate change and a payer of its consequences.

Climate change presents more threats than opportunities in agriculture. Depending on the country or region risks include:
A decrease in crop production areas and crop quality
Soil erosion, desertification, and salinization
Increased risks of agricultural diseases, pests, and weeds
Loss of arable land due to sea-level rise
Deterioration of livestock conditions

One of the few opportunities would be the expansion in cultivation areas for crops that require warm climate such as citrus fruits, olives, and other tropical species always if there would be enough water resources. This would reduce the environmental impact of lengthy supply chains and the food waste caused in those supply chains.

Besides climate change and soil degradation, farmers face other challenges such as lack of access to markets and funds, lack of marketing, lack of labor force, lack of market data for forecasting, etc.

On the other hand, all those problems represent opportunities for entrepreneurs, biologists, and people from the tech sector. With the help of hardware and AI, it gets easier to monitor consumers’ attitude and to forecast food consumption. Thus, the farmer knows how much to produce while saving money and without creating waste. This principle is used by AquaByte, a startup that started in a bathtub prototype and turned into a software company that facilitates fish farming in Norway. The founders of AquaByte say that fish farming is more efficient than meat production both in terms of climate impact and feed factor. Yet, about five percent of the food humans eat comes from the ocean. Such innovations tap into the potential of solutions that have been there for a long time, but many of us failed or even refused to notice.

Lettus Grow is another agro tech startup that takes a different approach for the cultivation of crops, mostly leafy greens. The startup was founded with the purpose to tackle CO2 emissions, waste generation, ecosystem collapse, and food security. They use alternative farming methods like aeroponic systems in localized indoor farms near urban areas. They reduce the use of farmland and food waste and improve local food security.

Speaking about food waste, with startups like California Safe Soil nothing goes to waste. What they do is to get wasted food from supermarkets and transform it into a low cost but high-quality fertilizer for farmers. They say it is 720 times more efficient than composting. They aim to improve the quality of air, water, and soil while creating jobs and providing effective solutions for the needs of customers. Thus you can help meet SDG 2 and Target 2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

What these startups share in common is their approach to soil management and their efforts to keep it healthy, while meeting customers’ demand sustainably.
Remember that innovation in agriculture and every other sector does not require the latest technology or hardware. Given specific contexts, anyone can think about a different way to use existing resources more efficiently and sustainably.

You can gain this mindset and develop it further with our free online training on entrepreneurship and by participating in the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition.

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27 Comments

  1. Climate change presents more threats than opportunities in agriculture. Let’s go back to the to the old topic: ‘Sustainable Gastronomy, an Opportunity for Innovation’. In that topic, it was declared that over 800 million people are die from hunger annually despite the different types of food the world has. This is because of the catastrophe climate has set before farmers or should I say ‘Agro-Entrepreneurs’ that has led to insufficient food in some places. Because they lack the entrepreneural concepts and have no entrepreneural design, this has put a big question mark on them and their businesses; that’s why the green entrepreneurs have the upper hand in business. The reason why they do is because farmers utilize the soil for in return, therefore making use of the soil nutrients regularly while the green entrepreneurs on the other hand utilize the soil for a sustainable development. Do you see the the difference between expertises and a novices? Be a green entrepreneur today.

  2. Remember that innovation in agriculture and every other sector does not require the latest technology or hardware. Campus members l Hope we all understands that?

  3. What these startups share in common is their approach to soil management and their efforts to keep it healthy, while meeting customers demand sustainably.

  4. The Paramount important of lettuce crops is important, so l urges all campus members to read this article and see how we in this platform can collectively curb and combat climate change through our synergy spirit.

  5. Understanding that innovation in agriculture and in all other sectors does not require the latest technology or hardware, makes me conclude that it is possible to implement sustainable agriculture both on small, large properties and even in urban agriculture.

  6. Soil and water have been the backbone of animal and plant based food production. It’s the human management
    of these resources that has led to ecosystems’ disruption.

    Did you know?

  7. According to Professor Günter Fatlin in his book, ‘brains vs capital’, he said every established business founds its own problem. Yes, l succumb to that statement made by him because of these facts about planting: not all seeds can yield crops from the same soil because the soil of the earth have reacted to climate changes, therefore, having distinct characteristics and unsuitable for some crops to yield. So farmers have to be rational when fashioning their idea and been a successful startup. Isn’t it so my dear intelligible members?

  8. Campus members did you all know that naturally , ecosystems change due to floods and fire? That is why motivates you all to read this article.

  9. I am optimistic and also agree with what inyang commented above, l want all campus members to join us and read the article and made their feedbacks as well, Thanks for complying

  10. I think green-preneurship is the way forward just like California soils its eradicating wastage totally, as entrepreneurs our focus should be eradicating wastage and carbon emission to have any chance of winning against global degradation.

  11. One fact is that about five hundredth of human food comes from the ocean.
    Did you know?

  12. The decay of food and dead bodies benefits the soil as well as farmers, but however, breeds pests and disease vectors that is perilous to nature which has led to damage of farm produces and as well risk agro-entrepreneur’s businesses. Do you believe that people?

  13. In Agriculture, climate change stands out as one huge factor adding negative effects to the production of crops.
    Did you know?

  14. “. . . soon, farmers worldwide are likely to face more challenges than the crop they grow”.
    This is already the case in some African countries. One of the reasons why hunger persists is because of soil degradation caused by overexploitation of arable land, soil erosion, unchanneled rain water, bush fires, etc. The problem is such that small-scale farmers can’t not only cover their production costs, meet their food needs, make profit and savings, etc. but they are unable to dam all the above-mentioned calamities. Approaches to respond to one of these challenges can differ from entrepreneur to entrepreneur, but the fact is that we are able to do something to mitigate their impact by managing rain water adequately for example. In case you would like to know how, read our story at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/chicken/ . I see a greenhouse on the picture in this article that is a good example of an innovative way to manage the arable land.

  15. I am very optimistic about chicken’s comment above, l urge all campus members to join me and him and make a positive change thanks.

  16. Campus members did you if desertification, salinization and soil erosion are threats factors to climate change? Please work it out in your various entrepreneurial laboratory

  17. There was an agro tech enterprise that was made to tackle food security, CO2 emissions etc. They use a different method of farming thereby reducing the use of farmland and food waste. The enterprise is LETTUCE GROW. Did you know?

  18. A unique startup is what is required of an entrepreneur, be it a trader, a fashion designer, an agro-entrepreneur, etc. A startup that will sustain the world. You all know that right?

  19. I strongly support Gregory’s comment above, in deed a unique start up require an entrepreneur. Campus members do we agree?

  20. Did you know that without the development of innovative agriculture solution, there will be greater challenges facing the global farmers than their crops themselves? Campus members do we agree? Or what cab we do to curbs this situation completely?

  21. These startups share something in common, that is, their approach to management of soil and efforts to keep it in good health, whilst meeting everyone’s demand sustainably.

  22. Deforestation and forest degradation for agriculture purposes cause global warming. Did you know?

  23. Besides atmospheric change and soil degradation, farmers face other issues such as lack of access to markets and funds, lack of marketing, lack of labor force, lack of market data for forecasting.
    Did you know?

  24. On the other hand, all those problems represent opportunities for entrepreneurs, biologists, and people from the tech sector. In other words, one can form something out of nothing. Are you aware of this members?

  25. I welcome countless new members to our blog today, please blog is vital as well as votes and comment in our sharing phase, please intuitively read and reflect on this block, you are welcome one again to this great and equitable platform.

    Kind regards,
    Ephraim Essien Nigeria

  26. While the world needs food and animals to keep it growing population alive, we must ensure that agricultural practices do not continues to adversely affect the environment as it may continue a cycle of degradation. Agric entrepreneurs must constantly seek ways to avoid environmental degradation, deforestation etc to contnue to enjoy the soil and water mearnt for planting. I hope campus members in this field take note to include it in their ideas or projects

  27. As much as agriculture is important to solving one of the sustainable development goals,the earth or soil in which agriculture depends on should be preserved and conserved. This article indeed has spelt out how agriculture can be revotionalized to have positive impact and I sincerely encourgae campus memders to read this article as this will give everyone of us insight into preserving the soil as we engage in agriculture as well as help us to sensitize other people that may not have opportunity to read this article

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