TRANSCEND Seminar: Precision Farming: A Solution for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture with Prof. Guttila Jayasinghe
Precision agriculture is a promising approach to ensuring food security and resilience in the face of a growing global population. This presentation provides an overview of precision agricultural innovations that maximize productivity while minimizing resource inputs and environmental impacts. It explores the integration of advanced technologies such as remote sensing, GIS, IoT, and data analytics for site-specific crop management, optimized resource allocation, and improved decision-making. The presentation emphasizes the potential of precision agriculture in enhancing crop yield, reducing water and fertilizer usage, mitigating climate change impacts, and promoting sustainability. It also highlights the importance of policy support, technological accessibility, and capacity building for global adoption. Overall, precision agriculture has the transformative potential to ensure food security, foster sustainable agriculture, and address evolving challenges in the food system.
Prof. Guttila Jayasinghe is a Professor in agriculture and environmental engineering and the current Head of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Technology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. His expertise lies in water resource management and environmental modelling, with a focus on green models that address microclimatic changes in the urban areas of Sri Lanka using ENVI-met software. He also has experience of using downscaled climate variability data such as rainfall and temperature levels, for sugarcane and corn cultivations, and predicting future yields using crop models and hydrological models. Prof. Jayasinghe has also looked extensively into food security and mainstreaming measures into enhancing agro-ecosystem services. He currently coordinates 2 EU (Erasmus) funded projects and is a key partner in another European funded project. He has published and presented in over 100 journals and conferences both nationally and internationally.
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10:00 AM – 10:05 AM: Event open
10:05 AM – 10:45 AM: Event start
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: Q&A
11:15 AM – 11:15 AM: Event close
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