“Smart Agri-Cultures for Sustainable Futures” is a multidisciplinary forum dedicated to the role of technology and art through the lens of initiatives and policies that aim to bridge agriculture with economic and social well-being. So the Hydrousa Team with Impact Hub Athens and Agenso is introducing a circular approach at STARTS- a multidisciplinary forum in the intersection of technology and the arts with Stegi Onassis curated by MADE GROUP CO.
Productivity and efficiency in agriculture are necessary conditions for economic development in the periphery, but also for ensuring food security for the generations to come.
Agriculture has one of the biggest environmental footprints, while it is also among the first fields impacted due to the climate crisis. The cost of modernizing production lines along with low productivity makes it difficult for smaller farmers to survive. This can lead to increasing inequalities in land ownership and new forms of exclusion. The need to strengthen the food system’s resilience and sustainability is more urgent than ever.
Agriculture provides numerous opportunities and will be critical to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a sustainable future. In an era that combines modern technologies, AI, and data to optimize existing agricultural activities and the growing demand for agricultural goods, plant and animal products such as food, natural textiles, but also wood for construction and even paper products, the agricultural economy itself faces major challenges (need for continuous innovation, volatility of markets and consumption trends, climate change, natural resources, risk of brain drain from rural areas).
Dimitris Kokkinakis, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Athens was part of the “Disciplinary narratives & best practices” Talk and introduced to the audience the HYDROUSA project and a new circular approach. How do different branches of knowledge come together? What is the interplay between art, science, and technology? In this session they explored narrative perspectives through the lens of practice, research, and innovation.