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Overview of Global Harvest Automation Initiative (GHAI) Wiki

GHAI Overview (aka Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs)

This section provides an overview of the key questions related to this wiki - what is the initiative behind it, what is the wiki, who should use it, and how should they use it.

What is the GHAI?

Western Growers (WG) launched the Global Harvest Automation Initiative (GHAI) in February 2021 to help our members solve one of the hardest problems in agriculture - the lack of available harvest labor which causes specialty crop acreage to get planted, raised, and not harvested every year. The goal of the GHAI is to automate 50% of specialty crop harvest activity in 10 years. Specialty crops includes fruits, vegetables, and nuts and WG members produce most of the world's specialty crops across the globe. The GHAI includes 4 main initiatives: (1) for the innovators WG is building a platform of reusable technology components to make developing harvest automation faster and easier and choosing a cohort of innovators (startups and manufacturers) to work with growers on accelerating their solutions into the marketplace and scaling them to other countries.

What is the GHAI wiki?

The GHAI wiki is a community resource for all companies and people involved with mechanized harvest solutions, and is primarily intended for harvest automation innovators such as AgTech companies and startups. The information provided in this wiki has been developed by growers and industry groups and is meant to give startups much-needed information as they build harvest solutions.

Who started the GHAI wiki?

Western Growers started the wiki as part of the Global Harvest Automation Initiative (GHAI) (linkto: Stephanie’s blog post on GHAI). The GHAI is meant to help startups get to market and scale faster by providing information and tools to allow them to develop both products and go-to market strategies that are more effective and do it faster by leveraging the knowledge of industry experts. Western Growers members are the world’s largest growers and distributors of specialty crops and grow the fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts that everyone is increasingly consuming in larger amounts. These members are supporters of GHAI and this wiki. Members of the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology are also involved with providing feedback from their work with growers to help other startups avoid going down bad design or development paths. Startups and growers together have provided much of the starting content for this wiki and will be adding to it regularly.

Who should use the GHAI wiki?

Anyone who is involved with developing harvest automation solutions for specialty crops should use this wiki. It will provide critical information intended to help startups and innovators be successful and it will be used to help startups understand what they need to build to deliver quality harvest automation solutions. If the information in the wiki helps you build a better startup, please share it with other startups. If you have content you would like to add, please add it and we will make sure the new content is added properly for everyone to use.

How should harvest automation startups use the GHAI wiki?

This information is meant to be reviewed by startups and innovators based on where you are in the product design and development phase, from earlier stage research to later stage company formation through capital raising and scale. This wiki is organized by two segments – crop type and startups/innovator stage. For each specialty crop that is included, there are multiple stages worth of information for each startup.

Specialty Crops

There are 3 groups of specialty crops and the focus for the GHAI is on fresh field harvest (i.e. product that is sold whole to the end consumer, not in a cut, chopped, or frozen format). Many processed specialty crops are already harvested with mechanized solutions because they do not face the consumer, so harvest techniques that slice or slightly damage or not a problem. Wine grapes, for example, end up in a bottle, so the harvest technique can damage the grapes and still be successful.

The 3 big categories are fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The list below includes crops that we have a lot of information for and crops that we need help from the harvest community to complete. The goal is to provide startups with information on the growing process that will be useful for any startup working with that crop to know, and the information is being provided primarily by growers who have first-hand knowledge of growing operations and design choices that need to be made by harvest automation startups. Click through on any of the crop types below to see information on that crop type.





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