Smart Farming for sustainable food production
Industry after industry is cutting ties to fossil fuels to replace with renewables. Farms worldwide are dependent on oil, coal and diesel for their daily operations. For small-hold farmers this is expensive and unsustainable. There are about 500 million small-hold farms in the world. Together they produce one-third of the world´s food and employ up to two billion people.
Spowdi was founded in 2016 with a mission to help move and save water, to help small-hold farmers worldwide to generate higher crop yields, lower their operations costs, to be profitable, independent and fossil free. Today, Spowdi operates in Europe and India and is exploring partnerships aiming in Africa and U.S. as the next step.
In a water-stressed country like India, the use of traditional water pumps for farming can pose a major threat to groundwater. The high capacity of these pumps draws an excessive amount of water from the ground in a short span of time and floods the farmland.
Irrigation today is about manual work. Small-holder farmers typically use manual irrigation involving the whole family or fossil-fueled irrigation systems which are expensive to run and maintain and damaging to the environment.
Small-hold farmers in Northern Europe use our system to drip irrigate their crop yields and the main focus is to secure and minimize water use and use solar energy, focusing on generating more fertile, bigger, more tasteful, and organic crops.
In a water-stressed country like India, the use of traditional water pumps for farming, can pose a major threat to groundwater. The high capacity of these pumps draws an excessive amount of water from the ground in a short span of time and floods the farmland. However, 80% of the drawn water evaporates even before it reaches the crops. This process is inefficient and depletes the water table, as it leaves no time for the groundwater level to recover before it is used again.
The first to be impacted by water stress is the small-holder farmers in India, who depend on traditional irrigation systems, which are often powered by fossil-powered grids or fossil fuels like diesel. This is expensive and unsustainable.
Over the past five years, Spowdi has been working in India on innovating solutions tailored for India’s varied climate conditions.
Since 2017, Spowdi has created a network of business partners, distributors, and organizations enabling training and sales of the Spowdi Smart Farming solution.
Irrigation today is about manual work. Small-holder farmers typically use manual irrigation involving the whole family or fossil-fueled irrigation systems which are expensive to run and maintain and damaging to the environment. Subsistence farmers are particularly burdened by the intensive labor needs associated with irrigating crops. As global temperatures rise and rainfall becomes more unpredictable, more effort will be needed to ensure crops are adequately irrigated.
Our contribution to the challenges described above is solar-powered pumps in combination with efficient irrigation systems. These systems provide sustainable irrigation by delivering the necessary volume of water in a timely manner, utilizing energy sources at reduced costs, increasing agricultural outputs, and mitigating environmental impacts. We showcase our solution at the Smart Farm in Malaga, so come and visit us!
Northern Europe have different challenges compared to countries where droughts and fossil dependence are crucial. Several small-hold farmers in Sweden use our system to drip irrigate their crop yields and the main focus is to secure and minimize water use and use solar energy, focusing on generating more fertile, bigger, more tasteful, and organic crops – By only irrigating the root zone of the plants and not spraying or flood irrigating the field, less evaporation occurs and water consumption is reduced which helps in regenerating aquifers. Fertilizers can also be used much more efficiently with the system since they can be administered directly to the plant.
Find Spowdi across the globe
Augustendalsvägen 7 (11 fl)
Nacka Strand SE-131 52, Sweden
Spowdi Smart Farm
Trädgårdsodlingen Ulriksdals Värdshus
170 79 Solna Sweden
Spowdi Europe SL
Calle Romeria Del Rocio no 6
29640 Fuengriola, Spain
Spowdi Smart Farm
Puro Huerto, Los Manceras
Toto, Camino del Toto, Campanillas, 29590 Málaga
Explore Spowdi stories of smart farming across the world
Small-hold farmers play a crucial role in driving an agricultural evolution that is fossil-free and regenerative. Spowdi’s fossil-free irrigation system enables them to secure higher crop yields, greater profitability, and with it, greater independence. Read more about Spowdi adopters and ambassadors below.
SEWA sisters train in Spowdi Smart Farming
Spowdi has initiated the ‘Train the Trainer Programme’ in collaboration with the SEWA-supported Grassroot Trading Network for Women and SHL Medical. The program aims to provide education and training for SEWA grassroots members to be expert trainers in ‘Smart Farming’ and thereby enabling them to become economically independent micro-entrepreneurs. women's independence.