It’s World Water Day!

Mar 22, 2022

World Water Day

Each year on the 22nd of March, the world celebrates World Water Day, a United Nations observance day that aims to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The Agrifood sector relies heavily on fresh water use throughout the food chain, and so it is of vital importance that we manage the resource as sustainably as possible to ensure its longevity.

Every year, the EIT Food Accelerator Network has the pleasure of supporting some of the most innovative agrifood startups from across Europe. Many of the startups have developed innovations that help to conserve or optimise the use of water in agriculture. We’re highlighting a few such startups from our 2021 EIT FAN cohort here. So read on and discover the EIT FAN alumni helping agrifood use water more sustainably.

Plantae®

Precision agriculture to OPTIMISE irrigation, SAVE water and IMPROVE crop productivity with agricultural sensors

Plantae® is a wireless technology aimed at professional agriculture and gardening that allows the optimisation of crop irrigation in the field, increasing productivity through agricultural humidity, conductivity, and temperature sensors among other devices.

Before joining EIT FAN in 2021, Plantae was selected from 120 companies to be awarded the title of Most Innovative Startup at the Smart Agri Food Summit in Málaga, Spain.

You can find out more about Plantae® HERE

ConstellR

Global water monitoring for a growing planet

ConstellR is pioneering the use of thermal infrared microsatellites for global land surface temperature (LST) monitoring. They deliver daily, sub-field, LST imagery optimised for high-precision agriculture, temperature-derived crop health management, yield forecasting and sustainable resource management.ConstellR’s data provides a higher resolution, space-based measure of crop health as the plant experiences stress through evapotranspiration. This gives the farmer days or even weeks’ advance warning to improve water and fertilisation utilisation, take remedial action and therefore reduce crop failure risk / augment yield forecasting ability. 

Last month, ConstelleR successfully launched their first thermal infrared earth observation system into space for global water monitoring!

Stay up to date with their latest news HERE

Finapp SRL

Life from cosmos

Finapp produces innovative cosmic ray neutron sensing probes, able to measure soil moisture, biomass water equivalent, and snow water equivalent over large areas with just one instrument. Soil moisture depends strongly on soil type, and the heterogeneity of soil is such that, a few meters away, the water content available for growing crops can vary significantly. For this reason, having a datum averaged over a sufficiently large area to consider the whole spectrum of soil heterogeneity is of fundamental importance. In addition, it is equally important to know the soil moisture not only at a surface level, but also in depth, up to where typically the roots of the crops settle.

Finapp’s probe meets both of these requirements, with a single instrument, installed at about 2m above ground level, so as to not interfere with field activities.

Find out more about the benefits of Finapp HERE

Ondo Solutions

A smart solution for precision irrigation

ONDO is an automated system for precise irrigation, fertigation and climate control. Made for owners of greenhouses and open fields of all sizes and crops types. Ondo can help farmers increase yields while decreasing usage of resources like water, fertilizers, electricity, human labour and time. In fact, Ondo can help reduce water usage by up to 85% thanks to its precise water management and control.

Learn more about ONDO HERE

SOYL-GEL

Multifunctional hydrogels for agriculture

SOYL-GEL is a multifunctional hydrogel that can be applied under the soil, near plant roots, to retain and release water, and to continually supply essential soil nutrients and pesticides in adequate amounts. The technology helps to minimise irrigation needs and allows for agriculture in arid regions. Upon rainfall and/or irrigation, the gel absorbs water, swells, and continually releases water for ten days. Once dried, it can be swollen again with watering, for many cycles. As well as reducing drought stress and improving seedling survival, SOYL-GEL helps to increase crop yields by replenishing soil minerals for subsequent cultivations and helps to fight pests such as soil fungi.

Discover more HERE

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