Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management (NRM) site-specificity requires an exceptionally large body of knowledge that no single research institution can generate and manage on its own. This is one reason why the inclusion of local communities at all stages of projects (design, experimentation, technology development, evaluation, dissemination, etc.) is a key element in successful agriculture, rural development and food security. By 2050 nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. The global challenges faced in natural resource and infrastructure management are immense. Global temperatures are rising, water shortages are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce, and energy systems are overburdened. The “Internet of Things” (IoT) – physical objects embedded with software, sensors, and network connectivity are poised to play a key role in enabling resilient and equitable management of urban environments. IoT can provide real-time data collection on the availability and use of energy and water resources, facilitating more informed resource conservation, and can streamline data collection on traffic patterns and parking availability, decreasing gas consumption and CO2 emissions management. Yet, the potential benefits of IoTs are matched by concerns regarding data security, privacy, and interoperability. IoT devices collect vast amounts of data and are often embedded in public infrastructure, making them prime targets for hackers. Additionally, lack of consistent interoperability standards for data and devices can lead to redundancies, inefficiencies, and data error. These has resulted to the development of Natural Resource Management framework called
OTAIGRO® a web-based Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) for agro-corridor, climate-smart agriculture and food security.  Our resilience agriculture affiliates is ARATI Farms Limited and agriculture biotechnologies Aratibiotech Limited . OTAIGRO® a web-based Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) as a service component of Natural Resource Management (NRM) framework.

                        OTAIGRO®   framework schematics for farming intelligence

Farm Intelligence Philosophy
The pragmatic approach to research is informed by the belief that the practicalities of research are such that it cannot be driven by theory or data exclusively and a process of abduction is recommended which enables one to move back and forth between induction and deduction through a process of inquiry   –   OTAIGRO® . This entails:

  • Value claims are not meaningless but co-created with collaborative intelligence;
  • Local understanding may be incomplete but not inherently defective/optimization;
  • Conflicting value claims can productively be viewed as an invitation to a conversation and the beginning of an inquiry and customized solutions development;
  • Expert knowledge can enhance that inquiry with local content development;
  • Education as the transfer of the means for continuing growth and development is at the heart of good educational research outcomes and deployment;

The inquiry process should leave those affected in a better condition to handle their own future difficulties and value co-creation for sustainability development.