In a new eight-part series, BBC World News and BBC.com will explore how innovative ideas and technologies are helping to secure and sustain the world’s agricultural food production in a weekly programme called Follow the Food.
The penultimate programme features crop scouting app Skippy Scout which enables autonomous drone flight to capture leaf level images that can be interpreted by artificial intelligence. “It is important that agricultural developments are being covered in a way that is accessible to everybody. We welcome this series and hope that it will help consumers understand using drone technology in farming is not future tech but is essential to help drive farming efficiencies and feed our growing population,” says Drone Ag founder Jack Wrangham.
Presented by JJ Ramberg and Greg Foot, the series will focus on the people at the forefront of building modern agriculture around the world. “It is great to be part of this programme and we hope that those who watch it will understand a little more about the efforts farmers are going to and the technology that is helping them,” says Mr Wrangham.
Follow the Food is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™ and airs weekly at 01:30 and 15:30 GMT on Saturdays and 09:30 and 20:30 GMT on Sundays on BBC World News. Episode 7, featuring Skippy Scout, airs first Friday, March 12, at 8:30 PM ET on BBC World News.
About BBC World News and BBC.com
The BBC’s commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News. BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 450 million households and 3 million hotel rooms. The channel’s content is also available on 178 cruise ships, 53 airlines, including 13 distributing the channel live inflight, and 23 mobile phone networks. BBC.com offers up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features, including BBC Worklife, BBC Culture, BBC Future, BBC Travel and BBC Reel, for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 145 million unique browsers each month.