High-income countries have seen recent improvements in their agricultural management systems through modern remote sensing technology, such as satellites and aircrafts and the information they collect. Out of the vast amount of data collected, advice is provided to farmers and fishers to help inform their decisions. This has led to better crop yields, higher quality produce and more sustainable agricultural practices in some cases. Big data also informs high-level decision-makers on how to better manage food supply at national and regional levels.
Using satellite data and mobile phones, an innovative project funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has helped farmers in the Gezira irrigation scheme, Sudan, to more than quadruple their wheat yields while conserving water and other key inputs.
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