The COVID-19 pandemic is placing unprecedented pressure on global agricultural and food supply chains. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the brittle nature of our supply chains and awakened consumers to the importance of agriculture. As a result, during 2020 all we have witnessed are barriers and blockages in agriculture production, food processing, transport, and logistics, as well as huge shifts in demand for food and food services. The agriculture sector had single-handedly supported the economy while other major sectors were at a near standstill amid the lockdown.

Although ever since the Covid started going easy, progress has been made in reducing hunger and poverty and improving food security and nutrition. Gains in productivity and technological advances have contributed to more efficient resource use and improved food safety. Just as technology has transformed many areas of the economy, it will continue to have an impact on the world of farming even in 2021.

Farmers are increasingly rising to the challenge and discovering new ways to put their use of broadband and other forms of technology to work for them. As more and more agricultural tools become available and accessible, it is no surprise that change is just around the corner for the economy and it is well established that agriculture seems to be the backbone of most businesses. Much of those changes, especially as they apply to production efficiencies and improved environmental impacts, are resoundingly good.

2021 is a year that will see the world transform in both big and small ways.

 

Maithili Appalwar
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Maithili Appalwar, CEO, Avana