“A great deal is happening in digital agriculture across Cornell. We are uniquely positioned to leverage our research strengths across information and data science, engineering and food and agricultural systems.” – Ronald P. Lynch Dean Kathryn J. Boor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the October 9, 2018, Digital Agriculture workshop.
What is Digital Agriculture? Over the next few decades, a rising global population, increasing wealth, changing consumer demand and climate variation will put growing pressure on food systems. While global demand might be met through current agricultural practices in the short term, these strategies are unsustainable for the long term. Globally, agriculture demands a radical transformation.
The world’s future food systems must become more sustainable, productive, resilient and efficient. We must re-envision the way food is produced, processed and distributed, the way natural resources are used, recycled and replenished, and the way social and agricultural systems interact to support healthy individuals, communities and environment. To transform existing food systems, we must integrate knowledge from biology, ecology, engineering, business, computer and information science and the social sciences to create communication networks that enable timely response and informed decision-making at the level of the farm, community, nation and world.
Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) connects world-renowned researchers across academic boundaries with multidisciplinary practitioners to address global food system challenges. CIDA develops and applies digital innovations in agriculture designed to improve the sustainability, profitability, resiliency and efficiency of the world’s food systems.