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Changing the future of agriculture

Photo of Gonzalo Saravia
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Lead Applicant Organization Name


Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

CITES INTA Aapresid Bioceres Martin Diz

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Argentina, with 39.2 millions of cultivable hectares.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I was born, raised and developed in Argentina, but I am aware that not everyone had the possibility to develop as a professional like me. A huge amount of people in the country are affected by the use of herbicide in lands. That is why from Gbot we are convinced to improve the quality of life of the people in our home.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Argentina is a country that can be the best and the worst with the same ease as given a familiar song from here. People are a fan of asado (typical food) and soccer. The language spoken is Spanish. We are fortunate to have an impressive variety of soils throughout the country. Agriculture takes a fundamental role representing more than 50% of the economic activity of the country.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The food challenges we face as a country in the future is the quality of the food we eat, where they come from and how they are treated. We have a limited physical space where we are very inefficient in production, this is where we see the opportunity for improvement.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

From these challenges we propose an organic agriculture, where the treaty of the field is carried out through alternative methodologies accompanied by technology.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

With Gbot, what we will achieve is not only that the field weed treaty be carried out without using agrochemicals, but that through the collection of data the producer and the people can see the traceability of the food they eat. This will allow those communities that live near agricultural areas not to contract diseases because of the application of herbicide and that the population as a whole ingest food treated correctly.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

GBOT is an autonomous robot that works with solar energy, managing to control weeds through patented and internationally validated physical methods without involving agrochemicals in the process. Using computer vision, the machine manages to detect and control them individually. In this way, we managed to completely replace the use of herbicides on agricultural land by improving the environment, people's health and allowing producers to save up to 50% annually in terms of what they spend on weed control. In addition, GBOT is a moving laboratory that collects relevant data from the field, such as soil moisture, atmospheric pressure, pH, salinity, temperature and its compaction; since it is in contact with the soil and crops. This type of processed information allows the producer to make better decisions for the future of his land.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

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Photo of Juliana Gonzalez Campos

Hi Gonzalo, welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

Gbot sounds as an exciting vision, you have a very good starting point!
We've built a very comprehensive Food Vision Prize Toolkit with a lot of information, activities, and guidelines. The Toolkit will help you refine your Vision and make it systemic, human-centred and well informed for the future.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:
Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.