Agriculture startups (AgTechs): a bibliometric study
Startups da agricultura (AgTechs): um estudo bibliométrico
Keywords:AgTech, Bibliometric Study, SciMAT, VOSviewer
Purpose: Conduct a bibliometric study on agricultural startups (AgTech) and the main concepts related to them in the literature. Theoretical framework: The agribusiness sector has the challenge of producing food sustainably to ensure food security for the planet's population by 2050. In this context, there is an exponential growth in investments in agriculture technology (Kakani et al., 2020). Most of these technologies are developed and marketed by AgTechs, the technological startups in agribusiness. AgTechs are expressive in the 4.0 agriculture scenario, where more precise and environmentally sustainable technologies are sought (Dutia, 2014. However, despite the growing number of AgTechs, few studies present their main concepts in the scientific literature. Design/methodology/approach: The Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus databases were used together with softwares: SciMAT and VOSviewer to develop the bibliometric study. The SciMAT was used to clean up raw bibliographic data, analyze, and configure the analysis. The maps generated were produced at VOSviewer and based on co-citation for the periods defined in the SciMAT. Findings: The results showed that the theme is not well consolidated in the literature, but it is in a dizzying growth, with 71.3% of the articles having been published in the last three years in 79 journals and with publications covering 44 countries. Research, Practical & Social implications: the AgTech theme is consolidating in literature where digital and disruptive technologies are concerned, however, the human factors, business models, and management aspects involved in this topic are being neglected, which resulted in the proposal of a Research Agenda that can help both academics and practitioners to analyze AgTechs aspects that appear to not be in focus right now. Originality/value: The study brought important contributions to a better understanding of the term AgTech in the literature and to the improvement of concepts related to this ecosystem.
AgFunder - Agriculture and Agtech Investment Opportunities. (2021). AgFunderAgriFood Tech Investing Report - Year in Review 2020. Disponível em: https://research.agfunder.com/2021/2021-agfunder-global-report.pdf. Acesso em: 27 de setembro de 2021.
Akbar, I., e Zaim, I. A. (2019). Innovations in Service: Probing the Evidence in Sustainable Tourism. The Asian Journal of Technology Management Vol. 12, No. 2: 132-148
Alonso, Sergio; Cabrerizo, Francisco-Javier; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Herrera, Francisco (2009). “h-index: A review focused in its variants, computation and standardization for different scientific fields”. Journal of informetrics, v. 3, n. 4, pp. 273-289.
Alonso, Sergio; Cabrerizo, Francisco-Javier; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Herrera, Francisco (2010). “hg-index: A new index to characterize the scientific output of researchers based on the h- and g-indices”. Scientometrics, v. 82, n. 2, pp. 391-400.
Blanco, T. H. M. 2019. AGTECHS: uma análise do ambiente de negócio paranaense. 125 f. Dissertação (Mestrado) - Curso de Mestrado Profissional em Administração, Programa de Pós-graduação em Administração (PPGA), Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Cascavel.
Boursianis, A. D.; Papadopoulou, M. S.; Diamantoulakis, P.; Liopa-Tsakalidi, A.; Pantelis, B.; Salahas, G.; Karagiannidis, G. K.; Wan, S.; Goldos, S. (2020). Internet of Things (IoT) and Agricultural Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Smart Farming: A Comprehensive Review. Internet of Things, p. 100187.
Cabrerizo, Francisco-Javier; Alonso, Sergio; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Herrera, Francisco (2010). “q2-Index: Quantitative and qualitative evaluation based on the number and impact of papers in the Hirsch core”. Journal of informetrics, v. 4, n. 1, pp. 23-28.
Carayannis, E. G., Rozakis, S., & Grigoroudis, E. (2018). Agri-science to agri-business: The technology transfer dimension. Journal of Technology Transfer, 43(4), 837–843.
Cobo, Manuel J.; López-Herrera, Antonio G.; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Herrera, Francisco (2012). “SciMAT: A new science mapping analysis software tool”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, v. 63, n. 8, pp. 1609-1630.
Cobo, Manuel J.; López-Herrera, Antonio G.; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Herrera, Francisco (2011b). “An approach for detecting, quantifying, and visualizing the evolution of a research field: A practical application to the fuzzy sets theory field”. Journal of informetrics, v. 5, n. 1, pp. 146-166.
Colezea M., Musat G., Pop F., Negru C., Dumitrasco A., e Mocanu M. (2018). CLUeFARM:
Integrated web-service platform for smart farms Comp. Elec. Agri. 154 134-54.
Corallo, A., Latino, ME, Menegoli, M. (2018). Da indústria 4.0 à agricultura 4.0: Uma estrutura para gerenciar dados de produtos na cadeia de abastecimento agroalimentar para rastreabilidade voluntária. International Journal of Nutrition and Food Engineering, 12 (5), 146-150.
Dutia, S. G. 2014. Agtech: Challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth. Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, v. 9, n. 1-2, p. 161-193.
Egghe, Leo (2006). “Theory and practise of the g-index”. Scientometrics, v. 69, pp. 131-152.
Figueiredo, S.S.S.; Jardim, F.; Sakuda, L.O. (Orgs.). Radar AgTech Brasil 2020/2021: Mapeamento das Startups do Setor Agro Brasileiro. Embrapa, SP Ventures e Homo Ludens: Brasília e São Paulo, 2021.
Graff, G. D., Silva, F. F., & Zilberman, D. (2019). Venture capital and the transformation of private R&D for agriculture and food. Economics of research and innovation in agriculture, Cambridge: National Bureau of Economic Research.
Hirsch, Jorge E. (2005). “An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v. 102, n. 46, pp. 16569-16572.
Kakani, V.; Nguyen, V. H.; Kumar, B.P.; Kim, H.; Pasupuleti, V.R. A critical review on computer vision and artificial intelligence in food industry, Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 2, 2020. ISSN 2666-1543.
Kouadio, L., Deo, R. C., Byrareddy, V., Adamowski, J. F., Mushtaq, S., & Phuong Nguyen, V. (2018). Artificial intelligence approach for the prediction of Robusta coffee yield using soil fertility properties. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 155, 324–338.
Laengle, S.; Modak, N. M.; Merigo, J. M.; Zurita, G. (2018). Twenty-Five Years of Group Decision and Negotiation: A Bibliometric Overview. Group. Decis. Negot. 27:505–542.
Lampridi, M. G., Kateris, D., Vasileiadis, G., Marinoudi, V., Pearson, S., Sørensen, C. G., et al. (2019). A case-based economic assessment of robotics employment in precision arable farming. Agronomy.
Martínez Sánchez, M. A.; Díaz Herrera, M.; Lima Fernández,A. I. (2014). Un análisis bibliométrico de la producción académica española en la categoría de Trabajo Social del Journal Citation Report - A bibliometric analysis of Spanish production of Social Work category according to the Journal Citation Report. Cuadernos de Trabajo Social, Vol. 27-2, p. 429-438.
Mendes, J. A. J.; Careta, C. B.; Zuin, V. G.; Gerolamo, M. C. (2021). In search of maturity models in agritechs. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 839 022083. IOP Publishing.
Miranda J, Ponce P, Molina A, Wright P (2019) Sensing, smart and sustainable technologies for Agri-Food 4.0. Comput Ind 108:21–36.
Moral-Muñoz, José A.; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Santisteban-Espejo, Antonio; Cobo, Manuel J. (2020). “Software tools for conducting bibliometric analysis in science: An up-to-date review”. El profesional de la información, v. 29, n. 1, e290103.
Pham, X.; Stack, M. 2018. How data analytics is transforming agriculture. Business Horizons, v. 61, n. 1, p. 125-133.
Ratnatunga, J., e Romano, C. (1997). A "Citation Classics" Analysis of Articles in Contemporary Small Enterprise Research. Journal of Business Venturing 12. 197-212.
Rincon-Patino, J.; Ramirez-Gonzalez, G.; Corrales, J. 2018. Exploring machine learning: A bibliometric general approach using Citespace. F1000 Research, 7. 1240.
Schulz,P.; Prior, J.; Kahn, L. e Hinch, G. (2021). Exploring the role of smartphone apps for livestock farmers: data management, extension, and informed decision making. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2021.1910524
Spanaki, K.; Sivarajah, U.; Fakhimi, M.; Despoudi, S.; Irani, Z. Disruptive technologies in agricultural operations: a systematic review of AI‑driven AgriTech research. Annals of Operations Research.
Tilney, M.; Leclerc, R.; Demarest, E. (2015). AgTech Investing Report: YEAR IN REVIEW 2014. AGFUNDER.
Van-Eck, Nees-Jan; Waltman, Ludo (2010). “Software survey: VOSviewer, a computer program for bibliometric mapping”. Scientometrics, v. 84, n. 2, pp. 523-538.
Waltman, Ludo; Van-Eck, Nees-Jan; Noyons, Ed C. M. (2010). “A unified approach to mapping and clustering of bibliometric networks”. Journal of Informetrics, v. 4, n. 4, pp. 629-635.
Wezel, A., Casagrande, M., Celette, F., Vian, J., Ferrer, A., & Peigné, J. (2014). Agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 34(1), 1–20.
Yoon, B. K., Tae, H., Joshua A. Jackman, Supratik Guha, Cherie R. Kagan, Andrew J. Margenot, Diane L. Rowland, Paul S. Weiss, e Nam-Joon Cho. (2021). Entrepreneurial Talent Building for 21st Century Agricultural Innovation. ACS Nano, 15, 10748−10758
Zhai Z, Martínez J F, Beltran V and Martínez N L. 2020. Decision support systems for agriculture 4.0: Survey and challenges Comp. Elect. Agri. 170 105256.
Zupic, I. e Cater, T. (2015). Bibliometric Methods in Management and Organization. Organizational Research Methods, Vol. 18(3) 429-472.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2022 Jéssica Alves Justo Mendes, Lucas Olegário Bueno, Arthur Yassine Oliveira, Mateus Cecílio Gerolamo
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Authors who publish in this journal agree to the following terms: the author(s) authorize(s) the publication of the text in the journal;
The author(s) ensure(s) that the contribution is original and unpublished and that it is not in the process of evaluation by another journal;
The journal is not responsible for the views, ideas and concepts presented in articles, and these are the sole responsibility of the author(s);
The publishers reserve the right to make textual adjustments and adapt texts to meet with publication standards.
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right to first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Atribuição NãoComercial 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which allows the work to be shared with recognized authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Authors are allowed to assume additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the work published in this journal (e.g. publish in institutional repository or as a book chapter), with recognition of authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Authors are allowed and are encouraged to publish and distribute their work online (e.g. in institutional repositories or on a personal web page) at any point before or during the editorial process, as this can generate positive effects, as well as increase the impact and citations of the published work (see the effect of Free Access) at http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html