Intelligent technology for farms of the future

Smart technology can greatly benefit farms but selecting and deploying it can be a daunting process. An EU-funded network is stimulating the uptake of ICT-backed innovation that can help make agriculture more productive, resource efficient and profitable.

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Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
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  France
  French Polynesia
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Published: 8 January 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Agriculture & foodAgriculture
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Belgium  |  France  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Netherlands  |  Serbia  |  Spain  |  United Kingdom
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Intelligent technology for farms of the future

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The EU-funded Smart-AKIS project is dedicated to smart farming technology – an area of ICT-backed innovation that includes precision agriculture and farm management information systems, as well as automation and robotics. The partners involved – 13 from eight countries – have set up a thematic network to boost and streamline the interaction between research, industry, agricultural advisory services and the European farming community.

In addition to raising awareness of smart technologies that are already available to farmers, the partners are striving to intensify the dialogue about existing and prospective advances. To further these aims, they have developed an online platform that notably features a database of innovative solutions at different levels of technology readiness – including a wide variety of products that are already on the market.

A questionnaire enables farmers to pinpoint technologies relevant to their specific activities. Registered users can interact via a dedicated message board, posting questions and entries such as collaboration offers or event announcements and thereby helping to develop an open community.

Opportunities for researchers and practitioners to meet up, jointly explore needs and possibilities and shape innovation projects and initiatives together are offered by the network’s seven innovation hubs. Each of these centres, which are located in different countries, is due to organise three innovation workshops before the end of the project in August 2018.

Smart-AKIS is one of several EU-funded thematic networks promoted by the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability (EIP-Agri), which was launched by the European Commission in 2012. A number of these networks are dedicated to overarching topics such as the one addressed in Smart-AKIS, while others focus on specific aspects relevant to crops or livestock.

Project details

  • Project acronym: Smart-AKIS
  • Participants: Greece (Coordinator), UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Serbia, Germany
  • Project N°: 696294
  • Total costs: € 1 997 756
  • EU contribution: € 1 997 731
  • Duration: March 2016 to August 2018

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