Study on Digital Agriculture Technologies

While digital agriculture has the power to improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of farms, particularly small-scale producers and small-and-medium-size enterprises, it can also dramatically widen the divide of knowledge, wealth and access to resources among farmers around the world. A study on digital agriculture techniques in Cornell’s Department of Global Development explores adoption of digital agriculture tools, especially among women and smallholder farmers in developing countries.

The study will aim to: 

  • Establish a base of evidence of digital farmer services intervention areas and key outcomes
  • Map, describe and synthesize existing literature to assess the extent to which digital agriculture improves access to and adoption of increasingly necessary information and services
  • Develop a whitepaper summarizing the state of the evidence and the creation of a research and learning agenda for the Gates Foundation, USAID, and other donors


Funders: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Funding amount: $349,000

Project duration: July 2020 - February 2021 

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Jaron Porciello
Jaron Porciello

Associate Director for Research Data Engagement

Department of Global Development

Jaron Porciello
Digital agriculture
Data analytics
Meta science, evidence-based policy, and building partnerships


  • Kansas State University
  • NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets