ICT-AGRI-2 began on 1 January 2014 and is running for 48 months. The Project Consortium comprises 23 partners and 4 observer organisations covering 17 countries.
The principal objective of ICT-AGRI-2 is to contribute to the development of an eco-efficient, resource-efficient and competitive agriculture through an enhanced and improved use of ICT and robotics.
ICT-AGRI-2 will pursue this objective within the framework of related European initiatives including Horizon 2020, European Innovation Partnership ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’, Common Agricultural Policy, Technological Platforms, Public-Private Partnerships, Joint Programming Initiatives and other ERA-NETs. ICT-AGRI-2 can be seen as an extension, with respect to implementation, to the Joint Programming Initiative FACCE2 (Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change).
Equally important is the outreach to the public and private stakeholders engaged in ICT and robotics in agriculture: research and innovation funding agencies, research and development organisations and enterprises, advisory and extension services and other providers of ICT to farmers, public services in environmental and agricultural administration, SMEs in rural areas, farmers, food chains, agricultural supply chains and consumers. The use of ICT and robotics in internal farm operations and in external farm business relations is growing fast, and compatible systems are becoming increasingly critical for achieving the full potential of the technology.