Digital Agriculture Ecosystem Assessment: Colombia
Date published: Sept. 30, 2023
Colombia has emerged as a leading worldwide agricultural producer. It has a varied terrain that includes tropical forests, grassland plains, and mountainous regions that makes the landscape suitable for a wide array of tropical and temperate-weather crops, as well as livestock. It also enjoys plentiful access to freshwater sources as well as significant rainfall throughout the year. According to the FAO, Colombia is the tenth-largest agricultural producer in the world, and the second-largest in Latin America.
Despite its worldwide status as a top producer, Colombia’s agriculture industry is failing to meet its potential. The industry has been hampered by low productivity, a decrease in cultivated land caused by the rise in input prices and migration to cities, crop losses stemming from climate events and inefficiencies at all stages of the agricultural cycle, and a long history of violence that has led to the isolation of millions of Colombians living in rural areas.
The primary objective of this digital agriculture assessment for Colombia is to develop a better understanding of the digital agriculture landscape in the country and identify opportunities for positive intervention. This assessment was developed as part of an ongoing effort by the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) to develop digital agriculture assessments for several countries around the world.