Last year, at least US$4.6 billion dollars in venture capital flowed into start-ups in the agriculture and food sectors worldwide.1 Many of these companies try to harness information technology to address a market need, with food delivery being one application that has gained much attention. The current hype around digital disruption in the agro food sector leads many to ask the question: how can information technology help us tackle serious and persistent food system challenges? Against this backdrop, we recently embarked on a study tour of the San Francisco Bay Area in California to seek answers to this question and to experience these developments first hand.
The study tour was designed as an educational program for a group of 20 university students from Switzerland and California. The group lived and worked together for five days, traveling over 760 km and visiting 21 different organizations. This “Field Report” provides an overview of some of the impressions we gathered during this study tour
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