The new alliance between Microsoft and Kilimo will help the agricultural industry make decisions based on data. The goal is to increase water use efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and improve agricultural economics, all in line with Microsoft’s global commitment to be water positive by 2030.
Santiago de Chile – Microsoft partnered with Kilimo to help Chilean farmers reduce water in their operations. As part of this new alliance, local producers in the Maipo basin will use computerized data to reduce water use and its environmental impact.
Today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an enabler that helps solve big global problems, including sustainability. A study by the United Nations Organization published in 2017 states that by 2030, 50% of the world’s population will live in areas with water stress. In the case of Chile, the country has been in drought for 13 years and 2021 became the fourth driest year in Chilean history.
Within this framework, Microsoft signed an agreement with Kilimo, a company with a worldwide presence that works with small farmers who produce food from stressed waters in countries such as Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Chile.
The Kilimo platform uses information taken from the soil itself (humidity, dryness, luminosity, among others) together with climatic and satellite data combined with AI tools, which allows farmers to consult through the web or their cell phone, the need for irrigate or not the plantations.
As part of the project, producers in the Maipo river basin will be the first to use this solution. All of them will receive financial compensation from Kilimo for the next three years, as a way of promoting automation and caring for the environment.
“To be positive water it means replenishing more water than has been consumed, and Microsoft Chile, in partnership with Kilimo, is contributing to our company’s commitment to be water positive by 2030 through this project. Our pact with sustainability and also with the promotion of social, environmental and economic sustainability, gives us the opportunity to work closely with the local agricultural community, learn from them and rethink together the agriculture that we dream of for the future”, said Francisca Yáñez , Manager of Innovation and Technology at Microsoft Chile.
“We know that water scarcity is a real threat, but if we work to optimize its use, it can be an opportunity for everyone to value water and start consuming it responsibly. Technology and agriculture have already shown that they have points in common and that they are fundamental in protecting the planet and people”, explained Jairo Trad, CEO and co-founder of Kilimo.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the age of the intelligent cloud and intelligent landscape. Their mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet so they can achieve more.
Kilimo is an organization dedicated to verifying, improving and offsetting water use in agriculture, improving the economic equation and reducing the environmental impact of food production.
It was born in Argentina in 2014 and today it has a presence in 6 Latin American countries (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Guatemala and Mexico). To date, she has accompanied large companies in their sustainability strategies and accompanies more than 2,000 farmers in the region.
Through its Big Data and Machine Learning tool, Kilimo delivers specific irrigation recommendations to farmers, achieving more efficient use of water in agriculture. Through a rigorous verification standard, Kilimo validates these savings and allows large companies seeking to neutralize their water footprint, replenish the volumes of water in the same basin where those consumptions were made.
The organization has contributed to the saving of more than 72 billion liters of water in 150,000 hectares monitored in Latin America.
tags: Chile, Agricultural Industry, Artificial Intelligence, Kilimo, Sustainability