The CSFS, in collaboration with farmers and cluster members, are working on a free, open-source web app to advance sustainability science and help farmers improve their financial and environmental management.
Zia Mehrabi, Research Associate (PI), Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability Hannah Wittman, CSFS Academic Director, and Professor at the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability
Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), USI Sustainability Scholars Program, VPRI Research Excellence Cluster (Diversified Agroecosystems), Weston Seeding Innovation Fund, InterAmerican Foundation (USA), and Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.
About the Project
Mehrabi, along with a team of scientists, farmers, designers, developers, CSFS staff, and undergraduate students have created LiteFarm to help improve sustainable farming through the democratization of agricultural technology. LiteFarm is built to both help individual farmers with their day-to-day operations, and to help the wider farming community through identification of solutions for better farm management practices and outcomes.
The key feature that separates LiteFarm from the many farm data management tools currently available to farmers is that it is a completely community-driven, not-for-profit, solution which joins scientists and farmers together to try and solve the problems of climate change, sustainable farming, biodiversity decline, and the production of healthy and nutritious food. LiteFarm has been created as a public good. The platform is built to tackle the many socio-ecological dimensions of farming and has engagement across a wide spectrum of partners with a long-term interest in making the world a better place.
LiteFarm will be ready for a beta release in 2020, and it will continue to be developed, with farmers and researchers working together to create new modules and features into the future. The app currently has drummed up interest for early testing in Canada, the USA, and Latin America.