09.11.2017

For “the benefits of the digitisation have not yet reached poor countries and poor people. We have to bridge this gap,” Krusemann said.

No good for small-scale farmers

However, this is not so easy, as a look at Asia reveals. “For us, digital agriculture is something similar to systems that support small-scale agriculture,” said Maria Monina Cecilia A. Villena from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). She is not sure whether the total market size for digital-based services in developing countries is going to grow, and if it does, this will happen slowly. For in Southeast Asia in particular, the majority of farmers are still sticking to traditional farming. According to Villena, low education standards and poverty are obstacles to a rapid digitisation of smallholder agriculture in this region. In her opinion, corporate farming, with small farms joining forces, is one option to overcome this obstacle and make better use of digital services.