SDG 2: Zero hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
ICT's role in reaching this goal
World population is soaring, creating challenges in providing access to affordable, nutritious food for all. This is, in fact, one of the biggest barriers to achieving sustainable development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Goal 2 is also intricately tied to other goals such as those related to climate change and a sustainable ecosystem.
ICT can have an impact on every one of the Sustainable Development Goals and will create an essential infrastructure to help achieve them. From a broad perspective, broadband penetration positively impacts GDP across the development scale. It can also aid in humanitarian circumstances, improving people's ability to access basic goods in times of crisis. When it comes specifically to food, ICT access as basic as SMS can improve the sustainability of agriculture by empowering farmers and fishermen in rural communities to run their businesses efficiently and reach new markets which can be a trigger for increasing productivity. Imagine what the Networked Society could bring in terms of creating solutions in the areas of nutrition and sustainable agriculture.
ICT solutions making an impact
IoT farming, Japan
PS Solutions, affiliated with SoftBank, and CKD are using Ericsson IoT Accelerator together with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to optimize agricultural processes. The platform provides integration of new IoT devices as agriculturalists need them and immediate access to devices after installation, enabled by the Ericsson IoT Accelerator platform.
The future of food
The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017, with the theme 'The future of food', challenged students from around the world to explore how ICT can transform the way we produce, transport, distribute and consume food. Team SNAP, from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, was named the overall winner of Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017. SNAP's solution reduces cost and inefficiency of soil sample analytics by providing farmers with real-time data enabling them to select appropriate fertilizers.
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