After persistent loss of yield due to nematodes, and a desire to move towards a more sustainable agriculture, these growers in Senegal looked to the Aqua-4D system after having seen its successes in other countries. In particular, they wanted to analyze the efficacy of Aqua-4D in reducing the population of Meloidogyne nematodes, whose attacks their green beans are particularly sensitive to.
Water scarcity is now an increasing environmental concern around the world. Nowhere is this more pressing than in Chile, a country on the frontline of this growing crisis.As a company promoting greater water efficiency, Aqua-4D was delighted to take part in positive discussions on this topic at the Swiss Embassy in Santiago.
Felipe Villarino from Aqua-4D Chile recently took part in a stimulating discussion with Radio Zero’s WorkCafe program. The full interview is available to listen to here (in Spanish), and also in text format below.
To mark 15 years since the company’s establishment, Aqua-4D hosted a celebration at its new headquarters in Valais, Switzerland. Around 100 guests gathered on the roof, with the Swiss mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop. It was a chance to present the company’s progress as well as to say thanks to some of the organizations, institutions and individuals who have played a key role in the cleantech company’s development.
A big part of Aqua-4D’s work is its team of experts who constantly visit client sites and consult on optimizing irrigation to get the most out of the company’s patented technology. Back in October 2018, Aqua-4D Field Engineer, Hugo Gaignebet, wrote a progress report for this blog. He was always expecting good results, but what happened next here surpassed all expectations.
Now over ten times more popular than in the 1980s, in some ways the avocado has been a victim of its own success. Its notoriety (particularly amongst millennials) has brought its supposed water footprint in Chile under the spotlight, but often in reports which turn a blind eye to other water-thirsty crops.
Alberto Femenia sits before us wearing an immaculate suit and a wise smile. He’s a true veteran in the agri-business, having headed up Casa Femenia for almost half a century. It’s a family business in every sense of the world – it dates way back to 1904, and his sons now also help run day-to-day operations.
On a recent visit to our new Headquarters in Sierre, Joao Suss shared his thoughts on sustainable agriculture and his experience with the Aqua-4D system in Brazil.
Walter K. Thut, the Swiss co-founder of Aqua-4D, is now based in California. On a recent visit to Gemperle Family Farms in Turlock, he wanted to find out more about water use in the almond industry, beyond the headlines. He spoke to Richard Gemperle about this and more:
As part of the new Aqua-4D website, all Field References are now viewable online. Here we introduce one of the most recent: Almonds. California produces a whopping 81% of the world’s almonds but has suffered from severe water shortages over the last decade. What if this could be turned on its head, with even less water but higher yields?