Digitising agriculture and food value chains

Le Charlemagne
Friday, 17 November, 2017
The digital single market offers many opportunities for agriculture and food value chains -up to the consumer- to become smarter, more efficient, more circular and more connected. This event placed Horizon 2020 investments in farm and food digitisation in their broader policy context and showcased successful and inspirational projects.

This event, which formed part of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 InfoWeek, presented existing policy initiatives in the field of digitising European industries and building a European data economy. It showed how these initiatives can bring opportunities for agriculture, food value chains - on land and at sea - and society at large. Finally it connected digital policy with the investment opportunities under the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2018-2020.


The objectives of the event were:

  • to raise awareness on initiatives under the Digitial single market strategy which are relevant for agriculture and food value chains up to the citizens;
  • to link these initiatives with the ambitious research and innovation activities which will contribute to achieving the broader EU policy objectives; 
  • to raise awareness on the full span of innovative digital technologies applying to agriculture, food value chains and nutrition, taking stock on what has been supported so far and on future research needs;
  • to provide opportunities for networking to members of the science, innovation, farm, food and IT community involved in these topics, therefore contributing to high-quality proposals under the future Horizon 2020 calls.

Target audience

The event assembled an audience of around 300 people including:

  • representatives of the farming and food sectors, including farm advisors;
  • representatives of the agricultural technology, food technology and digital technologies providers;
  • scientists (research institutes, innovation agencies, technology transfer offices etc.);
  • policy-makers (European Commission, European parliament, national governments, managing authorities in particular regions involved in related actitivities under the RIS3 Agri-Food platform);
  • journalists.


The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development Phil Hogan opened the event.

The programme then included:

  • a plenary session highlighting the broader Digital single market policy and major trends in the farm and food sectors;
  • two parallel sessions presenting initiatives in the field of digital innovation hubs and platforms and of data management;
  • A stakeholders panel reflecting on opportunities for the future and on major obstacles to be overcome;
  • three parallel sessions showcasing inspiring examples in the farm, food and marine domains.

The "marine digitisation" session was joint with the "Blue growth and research and innovation" event running in parallel.  

Recordings and presentations

The event was recorded by room. you can watch the recordings freely for up to two years after the event by clicking on the name of the room in which the session of interest took place:





The outcomes of the discussions were quickly reported on two slides used by Katrina Sichel during the reporting session.

Background documents & useful links

The event concluded a series of events organised in 2017 with a focus on farm digitisation:

  • EIP-Workshop 'Data Sharing: ensuring a fair sharing of digitisation benefits in agriculture' - 4-5 April 2017, Bratislava (SK): event page - final report
  • EIP-AGRI Seminar 'Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture', 1-2 June, Kilkenny (IE): event page - short report - New! Full report
  • Agri-Innovation Summit 2017, 11-12 October 2017, Lisbon (PT): event website

Read the latest publications on successful EU farm digitisation projects:

Browse the relevant EU policy pages: