Precision agriculture

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 25 October 2023 12:02

Description of the innovative solution

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Traditional commercial farming is often heavily reliant on inputs including pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, which are indiscriminately applied in excess across fields. This has notable issues, not only in the costs associated with overusing inputs, but on the health of the fields themselves, the farmers, as well as having notable pollution concerns from nitrogen runoff. Precision agriculture proposes the use of various technologies to improve resource allocation while also increasing crop yields. For example, the use of micro irrigation, fertiliser, or fertigation systems can all help to optimise water and nutrient use, increase productivity, and minimise environmental losses of nutrients. These methods are all applicable in both urban and rural settings, thus giving precision agriculture the potential to positively transform all types of agriculture.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Climate mitigation Water use Soil health Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action


Urban Peri-urban Rural

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Precision Agriculture and Sustainability
Scientific paper
Literature review examining precision agriculture's potential in improving farm sustainability based on on-farm trials from Argentina.


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