The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt right across India’s agricultural sector, creating concerns about food shortages. According to SatSure—an expert in satellite remote sensing and big data analytics—one of the key issues has been disruption to normal supply chains. With local markets, transport companies, and warehouses shut down, farmers are forced to find alternative ways to get food to buyers.
SatSure has stepped up to help alongside three other companies: Numer8, KrishiHub, and ThinkAg. Together, they have created a non-commercial map which helps to connect different players in India’s agricultural supply chain. These include farmers and buyers as well as logistics, storage, and agri-machinery companies across the country.
Data for the map, referred to as the Essential Supplies Exchange is collected from public agencies and also crowd-sourced using a simple Google Form where people can register their supplies or services. The data is then plotted on the map and made searchable using Tableau.