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Volcani Voice volume 7 - Precision Agriculture
Year:
2019
Source of publication :
Volcani Voice
Authors :
Alchanatis, Victor
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Bechar, Avital
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Cohen, Shabtai
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Cohen, Yafit
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Cohen, Yuval
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Hetzroni, Amots
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Lati, Ran
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Paz-Kagan, Tarin
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Rozenstein, Offer
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Soroker, Victoria
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Tanny, Josef
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Ungar, Eugene David
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Volume :
7
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1
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46
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Total pages:
46
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Abstract:

Message from the Head of ARO - Prof. Eli Feinerman

Soils and water, the natural resources which underpin agricultural production, are under continuous stress. Every day, approximately 33000 hectares of land are lost from production because of urbanization, degradation and desertification processes. Land degradation, coupled with rapid human population growth, results in a significant reduction in the level of land per capita available for production. Fresh water is also scarce and insecure resource.Currently, water scarcity negatively affects more than 40% of the world population and, according to U.N. predictions, in 2050 more than half of the world population could suffer water shortages. The implications of the diminishing stocks of productive land and water are severe. People and ecosystems are left exposed and increasingly vulnerable. The impacts of climate change are global in scope and exceptional in scale.

In fact, there will be about 10 billion people to feed in 2050, demanding production of more, healthier and cheaper food. To do that, over the next 30 years we will need to increase global agricultural production by 70 percent and as much as 100 percent in the developing world. We have to do that despite drought, despite climate change. Maintaining food production to feed a growing population during a period of climate change while preserving the environment is one of the major challenges of our time, and without drastic action today, adapting to its future impacts will be much more difficult and costly tomorrow. Advanced research and applied science can yield technology that would play a key role to accomplish the task. While consumer-driven technology, such as mobile phones, is widely pursued by science, R&D and industry, agricultural technological breakthroughs are less attractive for the immediate fortune seeker, although their global importance is by far more critical. Precision farming, which encompasses data sciences, sensors, information and communication technologies, as well as robotics and cyber, is one of the leading technological disciplines that carries the potential to enable a more sustainable agriculture. Its multidisciplinary nature creates a demanding research ecosystem. Volcani has the unique combination of researchers in the core technological disciplines, in the Institute of Agricultural Engineering, embraced by all agricultural disciplines of its five other Institutes. This unique combination has yielded a number of scientific and technological advancements that take the reader to the future and provide a glimpse of tomorrow’s high-tech agriculture.

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Scientific Publication
Volcani Voice volume 7 - Precision Agriculture
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Bashar Elnashef and Sagi Filin3dc29f706f1f49d0b3bc911791b22f5b;image/png;84728

Volcani Voice volume 7 - Precision Agriculture

Message from the Head of ARO - Prof. Eli Feinerman

Soils and water, the natural resources which underpin agricultural production, are under continuous stress. Every day, approximately 33000 hectares of land are lost from production because of urbanization, degradation and desertification processes. Land degradation, coupled with rapid human population growth, results in a significant reduction in the level of land per capita available for production. Fresh water is also scarce and insecure resource.Currently, water scarcity negatively affects more than 40% of the world population and, according to U.N. predictions, in 2050 more than half of the world population could suffer water shortages. The implications of the diminishing stocks of productive land and water are severe. People and ecosystems are left exposed and increasingly vulnerable. The impacts of climate change are global in scope and exceptional in scale.

In fact, there will be about 10 billion people to feed in 2050, demanding production of more, healthier and cheaper food. To do that, over the next 30 years we will need to increase global agricultural production by 70 percent and as much as 100 percent in the developing world. We have to do that despite drought, despite climate change. Maintaining food production to feed a growing population during a period of climate change while preserving the environment is one of the major challenges of our time, and without drastic action today, adapting to its future impacts will be much more difficult and costly tomorrow. Advanced research and applied science can yield technology that would play a key role to accomplish the task. While consumer-driven technology, such as mobile phones, is widely pursued by science, R&D and industry, agricultural technological breakthroughs are less attractive for the immediate fortune seeker, although their global importance is by far more critical. Precision farming, which encompasses data sciences, sensors, information and communication technologies, as well as robotics and cyber, is one of the leading technological disciplines that carries the potential to enable a more sustainable agriculture. Its multidisciplinary nature creates a demanding research ecosystem. Volcani has the unique combination of researchers in the core technological disciplines, in the Institute of Agricultural Engineering, embraced by all agricultural disciplines of its five other Institutes. This unique combination has yielded a number of scientific and technological advancements that take the reader to the future and provide a glimpse of tomorrow’s high-tech agriculture.

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