Digital Agriculture Photo Contest

Digital Development for Feed the Future (D2FTF) leverages digital tools holistically and according to best practice to improve the cost effectiveness and development results of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. As part of our mission, we seek to recognize those who are utilizing digital tools to improve farming practices and accelerate the fight against poverty. We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2018 Digital Agriculture Photo Contest. Congrats to the winners from Wheat Lab, Rana Labs & Catholic Relief Services! 

See the winners below and all submissions in our Flickr album

First Place Winner

A New Dawn in Wheat Research Data Collection

Field assistant Avdhesh Kumar trains field technicians to collect spectral data on field trials at the Borlaug Institute for South Asia in Ludhiana, India as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics Project through Kansas State University. Global food security will rely on our ability to produce high yielding and stress resilient crop varieties. New digital agriculture tools, developed in part through this project, will assist breeders in making faster and more precise selections on those varieties. 

Photographer: Daljit Sing

Photo Credit: Daljit Singh

Second Place

Rana Labs

Yoselin Pérez Bamaca and her team in San Marcos, Guatemala, use smartphones and handheld stabilizers as an extension tool to produce short videos on the positive impacts macro tunnels have on tomato production. Through the USAID-funded Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation project, they learn about new agricultural technology that will benefit their community, and how to use sustainable and low-cost video production tools to produce videos in Spanish and Mayan languages for smallholder farmers in the region to benefit from. By incorporating video and social media sharing into workshops, youth are excited about what they are learning and are eager to share their story to improve the quality of their community's exports. The primary goal of each workshop is to create opportunities for youth and stimulate knowledge-sharing across the region. With proper guidance, youth learn how to shape videos that will advance agricultural extension.

Photo credit: Debora Chacón, Rana Labs

Photo Credit: Debora Chacón, Rana Labs

Third Place

Hello Tractor

Alex Sordo (L), a booking agent from Hello Tractor, explains to farmer Ken Karia how the app works and its benefits.

CRS is working with Hello Tractor through the Farmer-to-Farmer program, facilitating the expansion of its cell phone connected tractor services technology to help farmers in Kenya. Hello Tractor developed a low cost Smart Tractor with smallholder farmers in mind. The tractors have attachments for a variety of jobs a farmer can select from and book the services through an app. The app identifies nearby tractor owners that the farmers can schedule and prepay. Many small-scale farmers cannot afford to buy a tractor, so this system allows them to affordably reduce their field preparation time from 40 days to about 8 hours, and can reduce their expenses by up to 50 percent.

Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for Catholic Relief Services

Photo Credit: Patrick Meinhardt for Catholic Relief Services