95 % of our food comes from soil . Yet, each year an area of healthy soil the size of Slovakia becomes destroyed globally. At the same time, an increasing world population demands more food under changing climate conditions. This trend leaves us with 50 more years of productive farming and food security.
Among the main causes of soil destruction are its mistreatment and ineffective weather adaptation strategies in farming caused by a lack of soil information. Soil health requires soil information.
Status Kapitalsuche: Auf Kapitalsuche
Höhe der gesuchten Finanzierung: 600.000 €
Unternehmensphase: Seed-Phase (Idee bzw. Vorgründung)
Dr. Bastian Kubsch, Michele Bandecchi, Tarun Garg
SMART CLOUD FARMING develops a solution - SoilEye - which optimizes crop yields as well as enhances soil health. SoilEye observes soil from the sky and from space and sets it into the focus of farming actions. SoilEye’s cloud-based A.I. combines soil information with climate and crop data to offer decision-making for farming actions.
- increases food health by reducing fertilizer and pesticide usage
- ensures food security by optimizing crop yields
- adapts soil treatment and crop cultivation to climate change
- guarantees soil fertility by enabling precise and customized treatment
- reduces water pollution by decreased fertilizer run-off
- protects the climate by preventing greenhouse gas emissions from soil erosion
- contributes to Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations
SMART CLOUD FARMING addresses the goal of soil erosion reducing and avoiding soil degradation. In fact, land degradation can be reduced through the application of sustainable soil management practices that require a comprehensive and thorough soil profiling and analyses. Soil degradation (and therefore SOC loss) majorly emerges from agricultural topsoil (top 30 cm), and therefore the topsoil has the foremost restoration potential. To accomplish that, it is necessary to develop agricultural systems that combine high yields with close-to-natural soil organic carbon levels by the right treatment. Decreased land-based emissions would leave more of the available global carbon budget of 170-320 Gt C from vegetation and soil intact, thus contributing to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5°C to 2°C.
The team of SMART CLOUD FARMING: Bastian, Mike, and Tarun (left to right)
(A) Direct soil observation by satellites and drones; (B) Cloud-based A.I. to combine soil info with crop and climate data (C); Return of farming action recommendations
Bastian on the field
SMART CLOUD FARMING
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