Terramera today announced that Dr. Ranveer Chandra has joined its Science & Technology Advisory Council.

Dr. Chandra serves as Chief Scientist of Microsoft Azure Global, where he leads the Azure Global Research Team to drive innovation across different industries including agriculture, financial services, retail, logistics and energy using Azure’s cloud-based platform and artificial intelligence (AI).

The Science & Technology Advisory Council advises Terramera on its commercial efforts and mission to reduce the global synthetic pesticide load by 80% by 2030.

Established to push the envelope on technologies that address global food security and climate change, the Council includes other world-renowned advisors such as Dr. Adrian Percy, Tom Chi and Dr. Markita Landry.

“One of my key missions is to help identify, devise and refine technologies to sustainably nourish the growing population of the world and I have been impressed with Terramera’s aggressive goals on reducing chemical use and increasing yield,” said Dr. Chandra as part of the announcement.

“Terramera’s Actigate technology is a breakthrough and I am incredibly excited to help unlock the potential for increased food production without harming the planet and bring together the latest advances in tech and agtech.”

Terramera currently uses the Azure FarmBeats platform to design and test new Actigate™ Targeted Performance technology formulations, which will enable faster prediction efficacy and product development to advance Terramera’s 2030 goal to reduce global synthetic pesticide use by 80%.

Last month Terramera was recognized in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards and named a finalist in the Excellence in Technology Innovation category of BC’s 2020 Technology Impact Awards.