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Decision Making Methods Tools the recent years the world at large has experienced a population explosion. According to Zougmoré et al 2014, the population of West Africa has quadrupled in the past 50 years. This rapid increase has led to a number of problems related to food production, where the supply from the local produce is lower than the actual food demand. This furthermore has been Decision Making Methods Tools | Decision Making Techniquesworsened by the forever encroaching desertification in the Sahel region which is caused by the multiple droughts experienced in the region in the past century[Reference here].Drought is the slow onset natural disaster that starts unnoticed and develops cumulatively and its impacts are not immediately observable (ARC 2007).

These droughts are the causes of famines across the world at large and in the Sahel region in particular [Reference here].

Literature Review

Smart farming, also known as Precision Agriculture, “is a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops” (McBratney et al. 2005). According to, Whelan and Mcbratney 2016, the main goal of smart farming is to define a decision support system (DSS) for whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources.

Research Objectives


If a farming system that is season independent, sustainable, cost effective, scalable and easy to implement, then one can mitigate famine in the Sahel region and other drought prone regions.


From the above stipulated hypothesis, a few questions arise which are:

  • How can farming be independent of the season?
  • How will this farming system be sustainable to the community it is implemented for?
  • How can the farming system leverage of existing resources in the community so that it is scalable?
  • What are the technologies and skillsets that can be used to ensure that the farming system is cost effective?
  • What platforms can be used to educate and sensitize the community about the farming system for it to be successfully implemented?

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Aims and Objectives

The research questions in Section 3 has yielded the following objectives:

  • To make farming independent of season, one needs to employ smart farming technology and also take advantage of recent improvements in crop science like greenhouse farming and hydroponics.
  • To make farming to be sustainable the implementation of the smart farming system has to be done in collaboration with the various stakeholders in the community.
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  2. McBratney, Alex, Brett Whelan, Tihomir Ancev, and Johan Bouma. 2005. “Future Directions of Precision Agriculture.” Precision Agriculture 6 (1): 7–23. doi:10.1007/s11119-005-0681-8.
  3. Whelan, B. M., and Alex Mcbratney. 2016. “Definition and Interpretation of Potential Management Zones in Australia.” ResearchGate. Accessed August 3. Now