Seeds of Silicon: Internet of Things for Smallholder Agriculture  Toolkit

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Focus Areas:

Agriculture and Digital Development

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Regions:

Low and Middle Income Countries

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Seeds of Silicon: Internet of Things for Smallholder Agriculture
Approximately 500 million smallholder farms contribute 80% of the global food supply. Despite our global reliance on them, smallholder farmers face many hurdles, including increasing climate variability and pressures on farmland from urbanization. Precision agriculture enhances a farmer’s decision-making by integrating advances in our understanding of crop growth and sensor technology and wireless connectivity, a suite of technology often referred to as internet of things (IoT). In a new report, Seeds of Silicon: Internet of Things for Smallholder Agriculture, MIT D-Lab, with support from USAID, researched the challenges and opportunities with scaling IoT innovations in Global Food Security Strategy countries.


Anish Paul Antony, Jennifer Lu & Daniel Sweeney, “Seeds of Silicon: Internet of Things for Smallholder Agriculture”, CITE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019.