SDG 2: For a world without hunger

According to the FAO, the world population will grow to 9.6 billion people by 2050. Today, one in every nine people on the planet does not have enough to eat. In order to improve access to food for all, enhancing agricultural yields will be decisive. In this regard, Bosch supports with innovative solutions that also promote sustainable agriculture.

Sensors, software, and robotics are a central focus of research and development at Bosch, which aims to improve the quality of food and help make agricultural processes more eco-friendly. In 2014, Bosch founded Deepfield Robotics, a start-up that seeks to digitize agriculture and create the Internet of fields and plants. In 2016, the company further developed its BoniRob agricultural robot. By way of automatic image processing and a satellite control system, the machine can be maneuvered precisely across the field, moving to exactly where it needs to go, down to the last centimeter. The robot serves to remove weeds mechanically, thus eliminating the need for pesticides. The Deepfield Connect solution is already being used for strawberry and asparagus fields in Germany. Sensors are used to assess soil temperatures at various depths and transmit the data to the Bosch IoT Cloud, which then sends it to the farmer’s app. Depending on how the temperature develops, farmers can respond quickly and optimize growth conditions in their fields. The solution has already been awarded a silver technology medal at the Agritechnica trade show in Hannover, as well as the Innovation Prize at the expoSE in Karlsruhe.

High-tech for green patients

The Bosch “Marta” project, which was launched in the fall of 2016 in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim and Cubert, focuses on developing ways of detecting leaf diseases at an early stage and making plant protection more resource efficient. Marta stands for smart spraying: in the future, once a leaf disease is detected, it will be treated locally and in a targeted manner. The aim is to maintain plant health while reducing the use of pesticides. To this end, Bosch and its partners are using spectral cameras that illuminate the leaves. Depending on the leaf disease, the light is reflected to different degrees. Researchers hope the method will make it possible to treat plants individually – and this will benefit both the environment and farmers.

In India, too, Bosch technology is making agricultural processes more resource efficient. The interplay of three systems enables farmers to monitor their fields more precisely in real time, and this in turn allows for better soil and water management. Using sensors, “AgriSense” collects and “Sankhya” analyzes data from the fields, and then makes recommendations. And “AquaZen” waters plants automatically if desired – providing the exact amount of water needed.  


Bosch China:  Food for the needy 

In a number of European countries, charitable organizations pass out surplus food to eligible needy persons. Bosch has now also introduced this successful model in China. In cooperation with the “Shanghai Green Oasis Ecological Conservation and Communication Center,” the Bosch China Charity Center began supporting a food program for the needy in the middle of 2016. Last year, the aid organization distributed 85 tons of food to 5,000 families.