Latin American agriculture has faced a megadrought that has spread in this part of the world for almost a decade.
Water is essential for agricultural production and food security. 80% of the water available for human consumption in this region is used for food production.
“The reality varies in the 8 countries where we work (Chile, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, and the United States). However, agriculture is one of the most important industries in these countries. It is also the sector that consumes the most water and is the least innovative and modernized. This should promote the early adoption of practices and technologies aimed at reducing the amount of water used and increasing efficiency in its consumption,” stated Jairo Trad, CEO of the startup Kilimo, which has developed a tool for the intelligent management of irrigation in agriculture based on Big Data and Machine Learning.
Kilimo is a specialized technological tool that can be used by large and small farmers because of its economic value and ease of use. A free demo of the tool is available on the company's website. “We promote the democratization of intelligent irrigation management through a tool that allows any farmer in the world who owns a smartphone to receive and execute recommendations that will generate, on average, 20% savings in water resources. In addition, our tool is 10 times less expensive than other options on the market,” the CEO stated.
In the last year alone, the use of Kilimo in more than 75,000 hectares of monitored crops in 10 countries saved 30,000 million liters of water, which accounts for savings of more than 2.5 million dollars for the small, medium, and big agricultural producers and corporations using the platform.
Monitored fruit trees in Chile.
Measurement of the water footprint
Within the framework of World Water Day (March 22), Kilimo follows the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6) of water and sanitation for all. This 2021, under the theme "Let's value water", it recently announced that its platform allows its clients to measure the water footprint of their campaigns. Measuring the water footprint has several benefits, as it allows defining objectives, strategies, and goals to reduce consumption and contamination of freshwater. It also helps us prepare to face future scenarios of drought and water scarcity and to have greater availability of water for alternative uses, among other things.
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