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The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research supported the launch of the first mechanized planting in the history of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s (IITA) breeding program last month in Lusaka, Zambia.

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The way we work, travel, interact and access public services have all been transformed by smart devices, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), all of which are themselves rapidly evolving. This transformation is even going as far as impacting what we eat, with scientific breakthroughs from lab-grown meat to artificial flour.

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A researcher is studying the use of drones for fruit trees. The majority of agricultural applications for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been carried out in grain crops such as wheat, corn and soybeans.

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Through the implementation of a web platform and an application for mobile devices, the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) in Chile and the INIA Carillanca Regional Center, seeks to increase the competitiveness of fruit production with intelligent water management.

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In Nepal, it takes at least a year to collate the demand and supply of a required type and quantity of seed. A new digital seed information system is likely to change that, as it will enable all value chain actors to access information on seed demand and supply in real time.

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The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) makes available to small farmers a new technique that allows the development of new citrus plants free of the main viruses and Huanglongbing disease (HLB), transmitted by the insect Diaphorina citri, avoiding - thereby - large losses in the citrus industry of Peru.