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Climate change has made growing vegetables in Mali today much tougher than it was 40 years ago when Amadou Sidibe used to visit his father's lush farm outside the capital Bamako.

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Today’s agriculture has some fundamental challenges ahead. Climate change is already upon us, we’re amidst a global decline in biodiversity and have to produce enough food for a growing population.

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Slowly but surely, a spidery machine about the size of a golf cart swings an electrode over a tray of plants. Every few seconds there is a small puff of smoke as a weed keels over, having been zapped with a high voltage.

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“Life depends on the soil. We walk on it every day, but people forget it. ”Drew Hemment leads the Grow Observatory project, a platform that connects local farmers to improve land use and raise people's awareness of the conditions of a soil that is under a pressure that continues to increase.

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For more than 30 years, CIRAD and CATIE have been contributing through their joint projects to improving the quality of life of rural populations in Central America. A partnership based on issues that have become critical for the region – climate change, natural resource management, development linked to cocoa- and coffee-based farming systems.

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Aiming to optimize times and costs, without the need to use Excel spreadsheets or other programs, three Chileans created the Agrapp application; a platform that improves efficiency in the field.