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Finding ‘smarter ways of farming’

To feed a rapidly growing global population in a world stuck in a climate crisis, paradigms need shifting – and fast. Impact innovations that can be rolled out at scale will be vital, like the free app built thanks to EU-funded project iSQAPER. Called SQAPP, the app informs users about the condition of soil and any threats that exist, such as water erosion. It also offers a range of advice on the steps that should be taken to improve soil quality.

“We have basically hit the productivity limits of our soil. Farming it even more intensively would not be without significant environmental impacts. We need to find smarter ways of farming that are more environmentally sustainable,” Project coordinator, Luuk Fleskens, of Wageningen University was quoted as saying on the European Commission website.

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