From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food Is Grown

From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food Is Grown

by Amy Wu


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An exciting look at how women entrepreneurs are transforming agriculture through high technology.

Don't take the food you eat for granted. Farmers today face huge challenges in keeping your food supply secure—climate change, precarious water and soil supplies, and a growing global population projected to reach 10 billion people in 2050. Women innovators are tackling these problems to create a secure and sustainable food supply for the future. Using drones, artificial intelligence, sophisticated soil sensors, data analytics, blockchain, and robotics, these women are transforming agriculture into the growing field of agtech, the integration of agriculture and technology.

From Farms to Incubators presents inspiring stories and practical case studies of how women entrepreneurs from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are leading the agtech revolution. Each agribusiness leader profiled in From Farms to Incubators tells her own story of how she used agtech innovation to solve specific business problems and succeed. The women profiled speak frankly on the advantages and drawbacks of technological solutions to agriculture and offer lessons in making technology productive in real work. These business cases demonstrate the influence of female innovation, the new technologies applied to agribusiness problems, and the career opportunities young women can find in agribusiness.

A must-read book for everyone interested in tech innovation and food security, From Farms to Incubators offers exhilarating role models for young women, a thought-provoking glimpse into the future of food production, and a fascinating investigation of how women leaders are profitably disrupting the world's oldest industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610355759
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 05/04/2021
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 386,235
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Amy Wu is an award-winning writer for the women's ag and agtech movement. She is the producer and director of the documentary film From Farms to Incubators, which has been presented at South by Southwest and Techonomy. Wu has spent over two decades as an investigative reporter at media outfits including the USA Today Network and Time magazine, and she has contributed to The New York Times, HuffPost and The Wall Street Journal. She has reported on agriculture and agtech for The Salinas Californian in Salinas, California. Worth magazine listed Wu on their "Groundbreakers 2020 list of 50 Women Changing the World." In 2020 Wu received the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence. Wu earned her bachelor's degree in history from New York University and her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and she speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Table of Contents

Creating Fertile Soil for Untold Stories to Grow ix

Agtech and the Spirit of Innovation xiii

Introduction xv

Innovation Meets Agriculture 1

Poornima Parameswaran And Diane Wu 19

Jessica Gonzalez 27

Miku Jha 37

Thuy-Le Vuong 47

Pam Marrone 57

Martha Montoya 69

Ellie Symes 77

Christine Su 87

Mariana Vasconcelos 99

Ponsi Trivisvavet 111

Fatma Kaplan 121

Ros Harvey 131

Penelope Nagel 141

Other Trailblazers In Agtech 151

Epilogue 184

The Road Ahead 191

Acknowledgments 193

Contributors to From Farms to Incubators 196

Glossary 198

Supporters of From Farms to Incubators 203

Index 204

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