The incidence of COVID-19 has highlighted the readiness and efficiency of our farmers to supply the food chain in times of pandemic and has reminded us of the need to continue increasing the productivity and sustainability of our crops, which, without doubts, it is the challenge we have as a society in the face of the demographic challenge that is leading us to an unparalleled overpopulation on a planet whose resources we are depleting.
This situation of health and economic crisis, mobility limitations and border closures has highlighted the importance of food sovereignty, which is committed to local consumption and local self-sufficiency, in which a country can feed its population against any situation. To do this, it is necessary to empower farmers, recognize their essential role in the value chain of the agri-food system, equip them with tools to increase the productivity of their crops and establish the bases for a fair remuneration that values the quality of their products. Let us remember that at the time when the state of alarm surprised us, the farmers who responded stoically to the situation were mobilizing due to their serious economic problems.
Third, the situation we are experiencing has also revealed to us the importance of science, technology, training and innovation to face the challenge of obtaining quality food in farms that are respectful of the environment and of high productivity, which are profitable. for the farmer and affordable for the consumer.
There is much written about innovation and new agricultural technologies (digitization, sensoristics, Big Data, IoT, mechanization, more efficient inputs, food security, etc.), but having access to cutting-edge technologies is not a guarantee of increased productivity. For the modernization of agriculture to generate added value and be sustainable, it must be wrapped in a good management plan. Although a wise plan does not guarantee success either. Crop management is immersed in a changing environment that is limited by a large number of interconnected variables, many of them unpredictable (the nutritional and phytochemical composition of a fruit or vegetable depends on the weather, light, temperature, inputs, fertility and soil microbiota , irrigation, maturity, etc.). This is where the role of the farmer and the technicians acquires capital importance as the people who direct, execute and lead, based on their experience and knowledge, the management of the crop in an environment generally loaded with large doses of uncertainty that must be accepted, manage and, why not, take advantage.
The agriculture of the future has to be an eco-sustainable agriculture focused on the farmer, on the producers who bet on the incorporation of integral solutions that allow the crops to be productive, the food healthy and the management respectful with the environment. In this sense, it is our vocation to provide farmers with the necessary tools so that their products are profitable, differentiating themselves from the rest of the market for their healthy, organoleptic characteristics, and for the sustainability of the cultivation system. In short, implement comprehensive solutions and certify products with an added value that is reflected in their nutritional label, in the minimization of polluting waste and in sustainability indicators that favor their commercialization.
At ECONATUR we have been leading and promoting this eco-sustainable agriculture model based on innovation, the design of natural inputs and the development of biotechnological processes for 20 years. In this line, we share the values of the Miguel García Sánchez Foundation and we are proud to participate in the Farmers School and in the application of new technologies to agriculture, as well as to collaborate in research and innovation projects with the La Caña Group, in order to empower farmers through training, the democratization of new technologies, the digitization of the countryside and the recognition of agriculture as one of the great protagonists not only in the provision of food, but also in the present and the future. future of people’s health and environmental sustainability.