In Collaboration With the World Bank, Indigo Agriculture Leverages Satellite Data to Advance Food Security Across the Globe

  • Indigo’s Atlas satellite imagery technology will be used to further the mission of the World Bank’s Development Data Partnership, a joint public and private sector effort to address global development challenges.
  • Indigo is the first agricultural company to join the Development Data Partnership, an alliance of pioneering technology companies including Google and Facebook.
  • For the first two projects of the partnership, the World Bank is utilizing Indigo’s satellite capabilities to inform the design and direction of key public programs in two developing regions that are particularly vulnerable to food shortages: the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Zambia.

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Indigo Agriculture, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, today announces its participation in the Development Data Partnership, an initiative led by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank. By offering real-time agricultural data generated through Indigo Atlas, Indigo’s living map of the world’s food supply, the collaboration will better inform decision-making in areas particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change and help more efficiently direct resources in times of global food shortage. The first agricultural technology company to take part in this alliance, Indigo joins a partnership of leading international organizations and companies - such as Google and Facebook - committed to leveraging data to further public research and international development.

“As climate change reshapes how, where, and when our food is available - an issue made all the more critical by the recent spread of COVID-19 - we are pleased to be able to assist the public sector’s efforts to solve our most pressing global challenges,” says David Potere, Indigo’s Head of Geoinnovation. “Indigo’s satellite capabilities can be particularly helpful in advancing our understanding of the food system. We are proud to work with the World Bank to translate this capability into more timely, relevant, and precise decision-making to further ensure a durable global food supply.”

Indigo Atlas, which combines remote sensing, ground equipment, historical, and weather data, is capable of identifying subtle differences in crop performance across regions. Using this proprietary technology, the World Bank can monitor crop productivity in many global growing regions, effectively assessing the health and progress of nearly half of the world’s calories in real-time. This information, which will help ascertain the food supply impacts of natural disasters, will primarily inform program prioritization, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. No individual grower data will be shared through the partnership and full access to Indigo’s crop forecast technologies will remain for Indigo customers only.

Work is already underway on two projects through the Partnership. The first of these initiatives focuses on the MENA region, where scarce agricultural land and water resources, together with a growing population, have exacerbated issues of food independence and security. In support of national and regional policies to address these challenges, Indigo will assess changes in cropland, crops, irrigation, and degradation of land over the past two decades to identify opportunities for more efficient and sustainable future land management.

Additionally, Indigo is deploying its satellite capabilities to estimate corn yield shortfalls in provinces across Zambia, a country which has faced two consecutive years of drought. By equipping the south African nation’s agriculture and water specialists with an objective and comprehensive overview of the farms and irrigation systems throughout the country, the project aims to improve access to irrigation services in times of critical need. Insights gained from the analysis will be used to proactively optimize public sector services and infrastructure in a country on the front lines of climate change.

By collaborating with the World Bank, Indigo Ag continues its commitment to leverage technology and data for the benefit of grower profitability, consumer health, and environmental sustainability. To learn more about Indigo’s data reporting and the partnership, you can visit Indigo’s website here. Additional information about the Development Data Partnership program can be found here.

About Indigo Agriculture

Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. The company’s scientific discoveries and digital platforms benefit tens of thousands of growers across millions of acres. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is furthering its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. In 2019, Indigo established The Terraton Initiative, a global effort to draw down one trillion tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide through agricultural soils. Ranked #1 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list, Indigo is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN; Research Triangle Park, NC; Sydney, Australia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; and Basel, Switzerland. For more information please visit our About Us page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


Allie Evarts, Indigo