Smart-AKIS Conference: Smart Farming in the future of EU’s agriculture
Smart-AKIS Conference: Smart Farming in the future of EU’s agricultureJune 29, 2018 Comments Off on Smart-AKIS Conference: Smart Farming in the future of EU’s agriculture
The Smart-AKIS Final Conference gathered more than 100 people from all over Europe interested on the outcomes of the 2 and a half years of our Thematic Network. The Smart-AKIS Conference gathered DG AGRI officials, agricultural practitioners, researchers and industry leaders interested in fostering the adoption of Smart Farming in Europe. The Conference was held in the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, in Brussels, and was animated by Thanos Balafoutis from CERTH-iBO. Following an official opening of the conference by Spyros Fountas, from Agricultural University of Athens, Smart-AKIS Coordinator and Ivo Hostens from CEMA – European Agricultural Machinery, co-organisers of the event and Smart-AKIS partner, an inspirational speech took place by Leon Noordam, from Novifarm, providing a testimonial about the real life application of smart farming technologies in Dutch farms. This was the perfect introduction about the topic and challenges of the adoption of Smart Farming in Europe, that was followed by a presentation of the highlights of Smart-AKIS Network achievements for overcoming such hurdles and further promote the adoption of Smart Farming:
- The research conducted about the number and topics of scientific papers and publications in Smart Farming carried out by Wageningen University & Research, presented by Koen van Boheemen;
- The research conducted with more than 270 farmers and experts from Europe about the needs and interests of farmers about Smart Farming and the analysis of multi-actor innovation processes leading to successful Smart Farming new products and processes, presented by Maria Kernecker from Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research-ZALF;
- The multi-actor interactive process carried out in Smart AKIS 7 Innovation Hubs, gathering more than 900 stakeholders for the dissemination of smart farming technologies and the generation of more than 35 project ideas, presented by Smay Ait-Amar from ACTA, and the testimonial provided by David Tinker from David Tinker & Associates –EurAgEng about the results of the workshops held in UK Innovation Hub;
- The services and capabilities accessible in the Smart Farming Platform, with a searchable database of more than 1.400 products, projects and scientific papers on Smart Farming Technologies, through a live demonstration carried out by Milica Trajkovic from BioSense Institute;
- The dissemination activities carried out by the Network, building a digital community with more than 3.000 followers and users, and the dissemination of the Network at more than 70 events, presented by Ion Gorriti from Iniciativas Innovadoras.
- Enhancing innovation-driven agricultural research within the EIP-AGRI ecosystem.
- Future research in Smart Farming.
- Mainstreaming Smart Farming.
- Digital Agriculture – DLG Position Paper: This recent position paper by the German Agricultural Society-DLG was presented by Klaus Erdle, focusing on the recommendations and call for action made for the further advance of Smart Farming by German farmers.
- API-AGRO & DigiFermes initiatives were presented by Samy Ait-Amar, from ACTA. The first of the 2 initiatives, both located in France, is an open platform and ecosystem for the exploitation of agricultural data and the delivery of new services, while the second is an innovative programme by Arvalis for the demonstration of new technologies in digital demonstration farms.
- AgroSens Digital Agriculture of Serbia initiative was presented by Grigoris Chatzikostas, from BioSense Institute. This is a unique digital platform providing a number of satellite information and services to the whole of Serb Farmers. The main aim of the platform is to provide monitoring on crops by combining processed Sentinel pictures with meteorological data and on the ground information.
- EU Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by Contractual Agreement: The recent code was presented by Vik Vandecaveye, CEMA Chairman of Digital Farming Project Team / CNH Industrial. A coalition of associations from the EU agri-food sector pulled efforts to draft a joint EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing to enhance a swift move into digital farming. The aim of this code of conduct is to ensure that data-sharing leads to a prosperous agri-food chain bringing benefits for all by setting transparent principles, clarifying responsibilities and creating trust among partners.
- S3 Agri-Food Platform on ‘High Tech Farming’, was presented by Fabio Boscaleri, Policy Officer, Brussels Office, Tuscany Region. The main objective of the partnership is the development of joint activities for accelerating the adoption of high and new technologies in small and family farms, new solutions for early detection of pests and diseases and the improvement of livestock health and wellbeing.
- Louis Mahy, from EC DG AGRI, representing policy field.
- Krijn Poppe, from Wageningen University & Research, member of Smart-AKIS Advisory Board, representing the research field.
- Tom Kelly, from Teagasc, member of Smart-AKIS Advisory Board, representing advisory services.
- Klaus-Herbert Rolf, from 365Farmnet, member of Smart-AKIS Advisory Board, representing the industry.