Digital Farming: The Future of Agriculture and Food Processing

Sanjiv Goyal
6 min readNov 25, 2020

By Sanjiv Goyal featuring Ranveer Chandra

In this article you will learn about:

  • Data-driven business models.
  • Supply chain transparency.
  • Alternatives to Wi-Fi.
  • TV White Spaces
  • Farm Beats
  • The technologies that will bring everyone online.
  • A futurist vision of interconnectedness.
  • Digital agriculture.
  • Solutions for world hunger.
  • What sustainable farm practices will look like in the future.

An Online Existence

We live in an increasingly digital world. We can ask Alexa to play our favorite song, set the temperature of our living room from our phone, and order food from QR code menus. Everything and everyone is going online- and those that aren’t are in danger of being socioeconomically left behind.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist at Azure Global and Microsoft, and an IIT Kharagpur alumnus, about the future of connectivity and solving the global food problem.

Wifi Alternatives: TV White Spaces

Every five years, Chandra begins a new innovative project. One of those projects was TV White Spaces, an effort to bridge the digital divide by using empty TV channels to send data. The initiative became legal in 2010, and since then they have been using this solution to increase internet accessibility in impoverished and rural areas.

TV White Spaces is complementary to other spectrums, like 5G and Starlink. Though the speeds are slower, it reaches over seven miles and can function as a hand-off mechanism. There are scenarios where this long-range signal comes in handy, for instance when driving in rural areas where it’s difficult to get a GPS signal or to provide internet connectivity across an enormous warehouse.

Currently, spectrum regulators auction their frequencies and the entire band is reserved for the highest bidder. Chandra thinks that if some of that band isn’t being used, as for example in the case of static TV channels, then others should be able to make use of it.

This technology was used successfully in relief efforts in New Orleans and Puerto Rico, where networks needed to be quickly set up to

Sanjiv Goyal

A futurist, angel investor, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Sanjiv Goyal, connects the dots and embraces disruptive technologies to global problems