I have an electronic engineering education, working as a researcher and teaching assistant at a university, but my parents grew up in farming areas of Northern Albania, and I was raised to understand ‘rural’! I became the youngest certified tour guide in Albania and I now coordinate the ‘Albanian Alps Alliance.’ Essentially, I am a digital farmer, working in projects and research on SMART Agriculture.
I think it is up to the young, to integrate technology into sustainable farming, foster farmer networks, organic food systems and safe farming products. We need to be aware of climate change and economic challenges and manage risk of self-investment in the land.
I think we can establish village-based chains of products, where every farmer produces certain links to those chains, adding up to a complete diver production for every village. With the help of geo-spatial infrastructure (online mapping) we can develop SMART villages with better risk management.