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The Key Role of the Digitalization of Agriculture in the Americas

May 25, 2023: IRVINE, CAAccording to Jose Luis Chicoma, former Minister of Production in Peru and member of Foodtank “Food insecurity spiked in many countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years. In 2014, 24.6 percent of the region’s population was food insecure in 2014, compared with 40.6 percent in 2021, largely as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns and their economic fallout”. In the rest of the world the situation doesn’t look better. Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation (WFP), said: “We are facing huge problems that are threatening food production, industrialization, transportation, and distribution. This is affecting the quantity, quality, and availability of food, thereby impacting vulnerable communities. These threats are COVID, conflict and climate change”.


AGTOOLS, INC. a Saas company that is the largest and most curated repository of Specialty Crops – fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and plants - in the world was one of the winners among 15 out of 70 participating companies from 15 countries in the Digital Agricultural Week organized by the American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) in Costa Rica from May 29th to June 1st, 2024. Agtools will be presenting at the upcoming Digital Agriculture Week 2023 in San Jose, Costa Rica. According to Federico Bert, Digital Agriculture Specialist, IICA, “The Issues to be covered with regard to agrifood digitalization include initiatives and public policies in countries of the Americas, agricultural digitalization developments from an academic perspective, funding challenges in agricultural digital transformation, digital innovation ecosystems and investment funds, roles and synergies of public and private stakeholders in the digital age, and lessons learned from digitalization experiences in various regions of the Americas.”


Agtools® CEO, Martha Montoya will be there to share the growth of specialty crops in the ag industry and digital solutions for the Americas Agricultural markets with the other awarded startups, international leaders, political decision-makers from different countries of the Americas, public and private multilateral organizations linked to digital agriculture and the ag-tech ecosystem, and officials from the different IICA units and representations. Agtools® is also aligned with some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as Responsible Consumption & Production, Zero Hunger, Industry & Innovation, Gender Equality, Climate Action, and No poverty.



 

About Agtools® AGTOOLS, Inc. was founded by food industry veterans who know the unique challenges the perishable industry presents. Coupled with generations of agricultural experience and a proprietary software system capable of processing any commodity, Agtools® analyzes, correlates, and evaluates worldwide agricultural data for clients to make relevant, informed, and timely decisions. Click the links above to add these events to your calendar or reach out to martha@ag.tools to schedule a demonstration.


About IICA The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the specialized agency for agriculture of the Inter-American System that supports the efforts of Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. The Institute provides cooperation services through close and permanent work with its 34 Member States, addressing their needs in a timely manner. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work. We have broad experience in areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health, food safety and quality, international agricultural trade, family farming, rural development, natural resource management and bioeconomy.



CONTACT INFORMATION Agtools Inc. Gabriel Fernandez gabriel@ag.tools

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