Climate Smart Agriculture: How Dutch technology can add value to the South African (emerging) farmers
This scoping study (PDF) by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Verbos Business Development examines how new technology will drive value in the evolving agribusiness value chain in South Africa as far as the topic Climate Smart Agriculture and its relation to Dutch technology is concerned. In particular, the study shows how Dutch advancements in system design solutions, and orchestration technologies can facilitate intelligent food production and how they will enable the development of new business models for emerging farmers. As a result, food systems will be more productive, efficient, sustainable, inclusive, transparent, and resilient. The use of (new) climate smart technology and skills development offered by the Dutch private sector is necessary to move the world’s agriculture to a more productive and sustainable path. Over the next few decades, a rising global population will put great pressure on food systems. While the overall demand for food is expected to be met over this timeframe, it is unclear whether it can be met in a sustainable manner. Technological innovation is one lever that can address some of the environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities in the growing food. This booklet (PDF), which was gathered as part of the study, offers information about companies that have something real to offer and do want to be part of the solution to the challenges that are there.