We are facing times of great uncertainty due to inflation, the interruption of logistics chains, attacks by cybercriminals, new ways of working or the war in Ukraine. To solve many of them, technology is the only deflationary force that allows us to do more with less, and move from the flexibility that we have developed in the pandemic to one that allows us to do more with agility, innovation and efficiency. . allows you to continue
But technology should not be limited to helping companies become more competitive. It must also be at the service of the great challenges of society: help to resolve inequality, generate more opportunities, enable a model of sustainable and inclusive development, and develop a more productive region and one of the best on the planet. Be prosperous in harmony with. ,
Our natural and social capital are privileges around which we can build responsible and sustainable economic well-being. We are the second most biodiverse country on the planet and according to the FAO we rank 25th out of 223 countries with the greatest potential to expand the agricultural sector without affecting the natural forest cover. We have 22 million hectares suitable for agriculture and we work only six million.
And we not only have land, we have water: we are the sixth country in the world with the largest water resources, and it is a powerful combination. We can take advantage of all this potential, use technology to do it in a sustainable and inclusive way and create benefits for our farmers.
Technology allows us to do more with less in the field. And it is urgent, because we will be about 10,000 million people in 2050 and for that we have to double food production. With artificial intelligence and machine learning based on millions of data about who grows a crop (pH, herbicide use, pest control, temperature, humidity, light), farmers can irrigate and use pesticides only when needed, at the right time. . But you can harvest crops, detect pests. Reduce time and waste, which is equivalent to 1/3 of the food produced.
Technology helps save money on inputs, be more sustainable, increase production, improve quality. It’s good for the farmer, good for the planet.
To enable this, the connectivity gap in rural areas must be closed. There are already technologies that allow access to the Internet at low cost to the most remote places using radio and television antennas that already cover practically the entire national territory. Thanks to these solutions, 180,000 farmers in 190 schools, 40 community centers and nine departments have high-speed Internet communication across the electromagnetic spectrum.
There, connectivity is only a means to achieve an objective: rural communities use the Internet to educate themselves, to technify their crops, to access health, to connect to production chains.
In addition to doing more with less in rural areas, generating sustainable development and well-being for farmers, our ecosystems have a unique capacity to capture carbon and contribute to solving the global problem of climate change. Thanks to technological platforms, Colombia is already the recipient of a carbon credit, which grants 80 cents for every dollar traded, to small producers to improve their agroforestry practices and free the planet from the dangers of climate change. Gives tips to improve the productivity of your crops.
It is true that there are no magic solutions to build a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous country. While this is what everyone aspires to, no one has a single formula. We have the solution, perhaps, by uniting the contribution of all to value our greatest heritage and the best opportunity in centuries: our region.