A global agricultural company will join forces with multinational IT giant IBM to develop the world’s leading digital farming platform.
According to a report by FarmingUK, the platform, to be created by the US company and Yara International, will provide holistic digital services and instant agronomic advice that hopes to increase global food production.
Yara, a Norway-based crop nutrition company, will use IBM’s expertise in artificial intelligence and data analytics to ‘responsibly feed a growing population’.
The digital platform is said to will have worldwide coverage and aspires to reach 100 million hectares of farmland – which is equivalent to twice the size of Spain or close to 7 percent of all arable land worldwide including millions of smallholder farms.
As a first step, the companies will establish teams collaborating at digital hubs in Europe, Singapore, the US and Brazil. They will work closely with IBM researchers to develop new capabilities, such as visual analytics and machine learning techniques for crop insights.