While the global agriculture sector is trying its best to produce enough food for the world’s rapidly growing population, there is great concern that the food value chain wastes about 1,3 billion tons of the food produced every year.
A 2017 report by the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa revealed that this country’s food value chain wasted about 10 million tons of food annually.
Having become keenly aware of the food waste crisis, Israel-headquartered company Trellis began working closely with international food and beverage producers in 2017 to help predict their sourcing requirements from growers and accurately manage their supply chain operation.
“Our company has developed a data/artificial intelligence (AI) platform that can measure procurement and logistic inefficiencies, such as timing of harvest, field-level yield and quality insights, all the way to the optimal freight and production plan,” says Ilay Englard, co-founder and CEO of Trellis, told farmersweekly.co.za.
“The ability to leverage field-level data for downstream production is leading a new category of autonomous food supply chains that will significantly reduce waste and food costs and, at the same time, preserve global resources.”
Englard explains that Trellis’s AI technology uses agricultural technology data in combination with operational and business data to help decision-makers better plan and manage food supply and demand along the “extremely complex” chain from field to final product.