Argentina Gets Smarter About Sustainable Agriculture

Argentina Gets Smarter About Sustainable Agriculture

The world needed to get smarter about sustainable agriculture about five minutes ago.

According to the United Nations, the global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. To feed those people, experts from the World Resource Institute say food production must increase anywhere from 50 to 70 percent.

But agriculture can have devastating effects on the environment because of its thirst for water, carbon emissions from transportation, and excessive fertilizer use resulting in pollution. To meet these challenges, a farming organization in Argentina called the Asociacion de Cooperativas Argentinas (ACA), uses digital agriculture to grow food more efficiently, profitably and sustainably.

Argentina has a longstanding tradition as one of the world’s largest agricultural producers. The country has a vast network of industrial and small-holder farmers; it is one of the world’s top suppliers of soy and exports large amounts of wheat, corn, fruits and other crops. This makes Argentina the perfect testing ground for organizations like the ACA to transform its agricultural sector using innovative new technologies.

ACA, which was founded in 1922 and is based in Buenos Aires, supports over 140 cooperatives and more than 50,000 farmers across seven provinces. It helps large and small producers across the supply chain by offering supplies, advice and services including grain storage, transport and foreign trade assistance.

Now the organization is building a software solution that promises to make agriculture more sustainable both for the planet and farmers.