Loss of soil, seed of low quality, poor plant protection, lack of water and high yield losses in many regions of this world. Just to name some of the challenges that agriculture has to face worldwide. Agriculture in developing areas is particularly affected. To solve these and other challenges of agriculture knowledge transfer is one of the most important measures.
For this purpose, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as a theme partner and in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) we are creating a meeting place at AGRITECHNICA, to share working principles and project ideas for the improvement of cultivation systems or to increasing livelihood and efficient management cross-border.
The International Show Special disseminates information around preventing soil losses, improving crop protection sustainably, managing scarce water sources in agriculture and reducing post-harvest losses, just to mention some topics. Those challenges at international scale are addressing different target groups (large-scale farmers to subsistence smallholders); consequently, technical solutions and management approaches as commercial business cases, cooperative models and examples of development cooperation projects are part of suitable responses.
Visit the AGRITECHNCIA Acre of Knowledge to enter the expert dialogue and benefit from the know-how and the experiences of companies and project partners in developing countries.
The exhibiting companies introduce their projects and ideas, they explain the benefits of their activities and show visitors how to improve farming systems.
The following companies and institutions will take part:
Weather forecast, crop modeling
A pioneer in decision agriculture, Arable Labs builds affordable tools that help people collect and synthesize site-specific agricultural data. The company’s mission is to achieve global impact by providing the measurements, insights, and predictions that enable growers to recognize and address risk. Through access to ground-truth knowledge, Arable empowers agricultural stakeholders to more effectively manage natural resources and lower food waste throughout the supply chain.
FAO and Cornell University with EarthLinks are presenting a 3D Printer that may serve smallholder farmers to locally print spare or modified parts for agricultural equipment. The 3D printing technology can provide an affordable solution, for example, to produce seed metering plates for manual planters/seeders when discs fail or when seed discs are not locally available. Another potential use can be to print discs locally, thus adapting to multiple variations in the spacing, number of seeds delivered, seed size and the use of pre-germinated seeds.
FAO and Cornell University with EarthLinks are presenting a hand weeder model used for rice production (Rice Dragon), which has been “designed by women for women” and produced by Oxfam. This weeder is being used for the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methodology to increase yields in Cambodia. SRI reduces water use by as much as 50%, seed use up to 90%, and agrochemical use, while at the same time significantly increasing yields. The weeder body is approximately 67 cm long, 25 cm high and 9.6 cm in width. This tool was a milestone in gender-friendly tool design.
Hydroponics, Greenhouse, Rain Simulator
FAO’s low-tech, hydroponic system helps livestock farmers to produce high nutritional value fodder for feed. Since grasslands depend completely on rainfall, they are not available yearlong. In many extreme locations with limited access to resources, this system can be set up under soilless conditions in small spaces, using local, low-cost technologies, reducing reliance on rainfall as well as saving up to 90% of water when compared to open field or grassland irrigation, while avoiding shortening the production period and increasing fodder availability year round.
FAO’s low-cost, wooden greenhouses allow farmers to produce vegetables (i.e. tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers) year round by using natural resources efficiently, optimizing fertilizer use and introducing biological control agents. Netting is used on the walls to keep away virus-transmitting insects, plastic on the roof to avoid bacteria and fungi caused by high humidity, and coconut fiber instead of soil to prevent soil diseases. Greenhouses can produce 12 tons of tomatoes in six months, generating about USD 8 400 – improving farmer’s livelihoods and access to food.
FAO and ECAF/GkB promote Conservation Agriculture, which aims to prevent soil erosion while regenerating degraded land. Its principles are limiting soil disturbance, using soil cover and diversifying crops. A rainfall simulator demonstrates the effect of heavy rains on bare, unprotected soil; soil under conservation tillage but with straw cover; and untilled soil with cover crops and/or straw cover. The impact on different infiltration rates and soil erosion is instantly visible. Soil cover in whatever form can protect soils from direct exposure to erosive agents and overheating.
GPS guiding systems is presenting at Agritechnica 2019:
- TracPilot – launching of the first affordable autopilot for tractors and agricultural machines, for new- and re-equipment - tracpilot.com
- Reach RS2 – multiband RTK GNSS receiver with cm-precision, for surveying, mapping and navigation.
- LIDAR sensors OS1 and OS2 from Ouster, for 3D mapping, drones and robots, collision avoidance for driverless vehicles.
Innovations and techniques for sustainable rice production
IRRI aims to improve livelihoods and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition among those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems. In doing so, IRRI’s work protects the health of rice farmers and consumers, and the environmental sustainability of rice farming in a world challenged by climate change. IRRI’s work promotes the empowerment of women and supports opportunities for youth in an equitable agri-food system.
Cleaning and drying thechnology
Grain preparation is the most important requirement for healthy food. Only by gentle ginning and uniform drying grain harvest can be stored safety in silos and prepared for production of animal feed.
Cleaning, drying, storing, feed production –For every company size in agriculture and animal feed industry RIELA offers suitable grain- and compound feed technology. Furthermore RIELA developed demand-oriented post-harvest technology for the African market.
A world premiere at Agritechnica 2019. Do you want to see how healthy your fields are while visting Agritechnica? You can. Come visit VanderSat to look at your fields from space and learn why VanderSat satellite data is currently powering agricultural applications for 150 million hectares of agricultural land across the globe, every day. Clouds? No problem. VanderSat technology will pierce straight through clouds and darkness so you can be more efficient with your resources and time.
Food Security Platform
High resolution satellite data and cloud platforms for processing of this data support the digitalisation of agriculture, also in areas with low-tech infrastructure. VISTA GmbH demonstrates its Food Security Platform which is as well focused on applications in Africa. Example pilot applications range from variable rate irrigation (“Variable Rain”) and regional scale yield prediction (“YPSILON”) to support for the management of micro-credits for smallholder farmers.
Harvest & Post-Harvest, Integrated Value Chain, Agri-Hub (Eastern Africa)
BASF New Business identifies and opens up new areas of industry beyond the core activities of BASF. In doing so it is consistently focusing on finding solutions to significant problems raised by customers in existing or emerging markets. One of the considered new areas is a sodium-sulfur-battery for stationary applications.
BASF New Business introduces an innovative business model in the agricultural sector to develop new markets in developing and emerging countries using renewable energies.
Solar desalination, irrigation
Boreal Light GmbH is specialized on renewable energy solution for water treatment facilities. The company designs and manufactures affordable solar water desalination systems for off-grid communities around the globe. Systems manufactured by Boreal Light deliver hygiene drinking, irrigation, fish farm and sanitation water from any kind of high saline and polluted water resources. Winture® and WaterKiosk® are the two registered trademarks for systems and services offered by Boreal Light GmbH.
Plant protection, nutrient management, seeding
GREEN AGRICULTURE SOLUTION FOR FARMERING
The Danish CleanShield Group has teamed up with food scientists and producing a completely 100% organic and biodegradable bio-stimulant and disinfectant for plants, crops and animals.
The plant-based bio-stimulants is to use on plants and crops and promote growth, health, quality, increases productivity and shelf life.
The Disinfectant creates a healthier environment for the animals, protecting them against bacteria and viruses and according to this, less use of antibiotics.
AgTech start-up accelerator programme in Western Africa
Enable West Africa powered by enpact and SmartHectar is a project to foster innovation in AgriFood & WaterTech. We promote collaboration between promising startups and corporates, based on our expertise. The program consist of proven formats like corporate challenges, accelerators and startup scoutings, all designed to tackle crucial challenges in the region.
The goal of this joint venture is to foster economic growth by building sustainable and innovative businesses that create new jobs.
Electric commercial transport vehicle for the agricultural sector
EVUM Motors stands for the dawn of a new electric utility vehicle era.
The potential applications of the first German, mass-produce e-van featuring road approval are innumerable: From an irreplaceable transport aid for organic farmers to a whisper-quiet forestry vehicle, From a reliable climber on steep vineyards to Mister Clean at the cleansing department, EVUM aCar is the most economical and environmentally friendly solution for a sustainable mobility concept across the globe.
Consultancy for agricultural development projects
Since 1983, the Senior Experten Service (SES) is the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation. SES has been helping small and medium-sized companies worldwide to help themselves, aided by Senior Experts - specialists having completed their active professional lives or are on a sabbatical.
SES is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
More than 12,000 highly motivated professionals from most different segments of trade and industry are registered in the SES data base.
Environmentally friendly agricultural machinery / drones
Our „mega drone“ carries up to 1 ton of load and can substitute tractors. The robot is fully autonomous and does all fertilizing and plant protection works. The final result is a much bigger yield, reduced application of fertilizers and pestizides.
Agri Experts from developing countries
The UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Germany was established in 2017 and is based in the Bonn UN Campus. Its mandate is to mobilize and promote investments and transfer of green technologies from Germany towards developing countries and economies in transition, with focus on SMEs. ITPO Germany provides value added services to entrepreneurs and institutions seeking international industrial partnerships and serves as a platform for public and private stakeholders.