Technology & Innovation

Food 4.0: Technology in Agriculture and Food

November 15, 2021

Global

Food 4.0: Technology in Agriculture and Food

November 15, 2021

Global
Ritu Bhandari
Editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Ritu Bhandari is a Manager with the Policy & Insights team at Economist Impact. She has over six years of experience working in a wide range of public policy topics including education, technology and sustainability. At Economist Impact, she manages research programs for private-sector, governments and NGO clients in Asia, covering topics like food security, climate & sustainability, and globalisation and trade. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where she specialised in economic policy analysis.

 
Agricultural production and food supply are facing unprecedented pressures. Decreasing per-capita arable land and extreme weather conditions are adversely impacting agricultural output. The covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the existing stress placed on the global food system, particularly due to disruptions in food supply chains. A growing population, rapid urbanisation and changing consumption patterns will continue to increase pressure on food systems going forward. Innovative technologies offer solutions to increase agricultural productivity and support the drive for greater sustainability under these rapidly evolving circumstances. However, the wider adoption of such technologies faces challenges such as high costs and regulatory constraints.
 
This report is built on a research programme undertaken by Economist Impact, and commissioned by SGInnovate, between July and October 2021. It evaluates the adoption and potential of emerging technologies in the agriculture and food sectors. The report is based on an extensive literature review, a primary research survey and an expert interview programme.
 
The project management team included Charles Ross, Pratima Singh, Ritu Bhandari, Aayushi Idda Sharma, Shubhangi Pandey and Ravija Harjai. Additional support was provided by Camilo Guerrero (writer), Kerry Hughes (editor) and the Economist Impact design team. The findings and views expressed in the report do not necessarily reflect the views of SGInnovate.
 
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