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Using space tech to improve palm oil transparency in Colombia

Rice performance monitoring using a drone Photo by Neil Palmer / CIAT
Rice performance monitoring using a drone

Using space tech to improve palm oil transparency in Colombia

  • Palm oil is one of Colombia’s biggest agricultural exports, but the commodity has been linked to environmental and social damage in tropical areas around the world.
  • Industry insiders say Colombian palm oil growers are underinsured as a group.
  • A new $5 million project sponsored by the UK Space Agency aims to use satellites and other technology to monitor the country’s oil palm plantations.
  • Project leaders say this could help solve some of the industry’s problems by providing more information to farmers and grower federations.

MEDELLIN, Colombia — Keeping an eye on what is going on out in the vast countryside of Colombia’s palm oil plantations is a challenge. But that may be about to change. Thanks to a combination of satellites, drones and the Internet of Things (IOT), farmers and scientists expect to be able to monitor palm oil yields months into the future, while keeping a real-time record of carbon emissions and biodiversity levels.

 

View full article at: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/09/using-space-tech-to-improve-palm-oil-transparency-in-colombia/

 

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