Essential info:

Entrant: Spero Analytics Solution: A wireless soil moisture mesh network that enables precision agriculture among smallholder farmers in Nepal Country: Canada Link: www.spero.ag

SOLUTION: A wireless soil moisture mesh network that enables precision agriculture among smallholder farmers in Nepal

Finalist

Soil moisture is a crucial determinant of crop of productivity,  particularly in Nepal where agriculture is predominantly rainfed. On its own, soil moisture data can help Nepali farmers precisely manage and conserve their scarce water resources at a time when monsoon arrival is unpredictable and precipitation patterns are erratic. Combined with other agronomic variables, such as nutrient content, soil texture and weather forecasts, soil moisture data can be packaged into customized solutions which tell farmers (a) the best time to plant their crops, (b) the optimal crop variety and intensity for their holdings, and (c) how they can best be prepared for increasingly frequent climatic shocks, such as droughts and heatwaves. Smallholder farmers in Nepal bear the brunt of climatic variability and have already suffered catastrophic crop losses due to water management issues. It’s time for this to end.