Harvest Hub

Harvest Hub is a platform that provides hyperlocal agricultural information, designed for the context of small scale farmers, living in developing countries like India.

UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation predicts that the agricultural sector must increase the food production by 70% by 2050 in order to feed the 9.6 billion people which are going to inhabit the planet by 2050. This has to be achieved in spite of the limited availability of arable lands and increasingly unpredictable climatic changes.

One of the ways to increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production is by enabling the farmers to take better informed decisions about their harvest,  by providing critical information about soil, weather, seeds and crops at the right time.

We conducted research on farming practises in Denmark (a developed country) and in India (a developing country) and found that the current generation of ‘smart farming’ equipment and information services used in developed countries are way out of reach for the majority of small scale farmers living in the developing nations. and targeted this opportunity space.

Harvest hub is a platform which could be deployed in a village setting, shared among the farmers. It consists of a base kiosk and an ambient balloon, it allows farmers to get hyperlocal agriculture related information on soil, seeds and weather. Farmers can test soil and vegetation using the base kiosk – and the ambient balloon acts as an early warning notification system for the village.

The Kiosk system is developed based on ATMs which are ubiquitous in India. This provides users with a familiar interaction and added simplicity for illiterate farmers via basic visual and audio based feedback.

Apart from disseminating agricultural information, Harvest Hub can also be used as a system to collect soil and crop data in an area, a finger print scanner is included in the kiosk to maps the identity of a farmer with the soil and crops he/she grows. This data can be used to predict the supply and demand of agricultural commodities.

More details and latest news about this project at http://manudixit.org