theRIM, an online platform dedicated to the curation of insights and ideas around the issues of sustainability by exploring the nexus of cities, business, global affairs, technology, design, and lifestyle, has published a brilliant piece titled “Big Data for Big Challenges“. African agtech pioneer, Zenvus, was one of the companies mentioned as leading the way on this global redesign:
Advancements in the field of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT), a term referring to the connection of millions of ‘things’ via networked sensors to more easily generate and transmit large volumes of (real-time) data, hold equally strong potential for helping farmers improve their output. Equipped with data gathered from sensors in the soil or on their cattle (see e.g. Connecterra) or satellite and drone imagery, farmers can make well-informed adjustments to their systems.
Sensors are also used in agricultural fields to monitor aspects of the environment such as the weather situation or soil conditions to help farmers achieve optimal crop production. Nigeria-based Zenvus Smartfarm, for instance, collects data on things like humidity, temperature, PH, soil moisture, and nutrient levels, etc. and uses cloud-based advanced analytics to extract insights and help farmers understand what is happening on the farm.
theRIM is a modern space that sources compelling questions and solutions on how to move towards an enduring future. In an email, theRim noted that “Zenvus’ work is part of the important effort to enable and facilitate a sustainable transition. … we greatly admire what you do”.
Please read the piece here – a very brilliance one.
“Zenvus’ work is part of the important effort to enable and facilitate a sustainable transition…we greatly admire what you do”…theRim, London
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