Yara and IBM join forces on global digital farming platform


Yara International and IBM have announced an agreement to jointly innovate and commercialize digital agricultural solutions that will help increase global food production by drawing on the two companys’ complementary capabilities: Yara’s agronomic knowledge and IBM’s digital platforms and services in artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.

The joint global digital farming platform will apply artificial intelligence, machine learning and in-field data to unlock new insights for farmers. The digital platform will have worldwide coverage and aspires to reach 100 million hectares of farmland.

As a first step, Yara and IBM will establish joint innovation teams, collaborating at digital hubs in Europe, Singapore, the U.S. and Brazil. The teams will work closely with IBM researchers to develop new capabilities, such as visual analytics and machine learning techniques for crop insights. The first services are planned for end 2019.

The Yara/IBM partnership will focus on all aspects of farm optimization, including weather data. As the joint digital farming platform expands, the teams will explore innovative business solutions to integrate the joint platform into the IBM Food Trust, IBM's blockchain-enabled network of food chain players.

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