Erratic weather patterns, severe frost, and unusually warm winters have become increasingly common worldwide, all indicative of the new "normal" shaped by the impact of climate change. What was once considered a challenge for the distant future is now a present-day reality, inflicting significant damage on agriculture across the globe. From coffee crops in Vietnam to wheat fields in Pakistan, the consequences of climate disruption are already being keenly felt.
This surge in global temperatures is not only responsible for mounting agricultural losses but is also driving the loss of biodiversity and the proliferation of crop pests and invasive species. The latter issue is particularly worrisome; following habitat destruction, invasive species represent the second most significant threat to biodiversity. Their presence imposes a staggering economic burden, estimated at around US$1.4 trillion annually on the global economy.
The fragile equilibrium of the natural world is crucial to the survival of life on Earth. It emphasizes the importance of goals such as SDG 13: Climate Action and SDG 15: Life on Land, both of which aim to fortify our resilience against climate change and the decline of biodiversity, underscoring their ever-growing significance.
Agrotech Plus is actively assisting farmers in adapting to this significant challenge. Our initiatives involve leveraging our expertise in digital development and crop health, among other strategies, to empower and support agricultural communities.
Through knowledge creation, efficient management, and widespread sharing, we play a pivotal role in aiding environmental managers, farmers, and researchers. Our mission is to safeguard biodiversity by promoting the adoption of natural, sustainable practices, including the use of biopesticides and the management of invasive species.
We are also working to develop a digital platform that will enable farmers to access information on the latest climate-smart agricultural practices. This platform will also provide them with the tools to monitor and manage their crops, allowing them to make informed decisions and improve their yields.