Welcome to ICT-AGRI

The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European research within the area of precision farming and to develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture. ICT-AGRI develops international research calls to pool fragmented human and financial resources over the boundaries of the participating countries, in order to improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe’s research efforts. More info can be found here.

Actual and future challenges in ICT for agriculture and food systems

Open questionnaire

This questionnaire aims to define the actual and future (i.e. in the next 10 years) challenges that the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT; such as precision farming, digitalisation) will encounter in order to be used in the European agriculture and food systems. The results of this questionnaire will be used to advise the orientation of EU research and projects, as well as their priority (i.e. being part of ICT-AGRI SRIA).

New Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda

ICT-AGRI requires your help for a new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda.

Has new technologies and increased investments in ICT for agriculture resulted in a higher adoption by farmers? If not everywhere, then somewhere? Are there good lessons to learned? Contribute to a simple survey on adoption rates!

Are the last twenty years' reasons for low adoption by farmers still valid? ICT-AGRI suggests ten common reasons that may not to be valid anymore. Do you agree? 

What do we really know about adoption of ICT by farmers? If you have access to investigations on adoption, please submit a link or upload a pdf

SAVE THE DATE: 10.11.2017 for 2nd Collaborative Workshop of ERA-Net ICT-AGRI and MANUFUTURE Sub-ETP

Hanover - Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. True to its moto the technology platform MANUFUTURE uses the collaborative event within the 75th International Conference on Agricultural Engineering Land.TECHNIK AgEng 2017 to present its new Strategic Research Agenda. ICT-AGRI takes the opportunity to summarize its work from recent years while giving an outlook to its future perspective. The workshop is mainly intended to relaunch the discussion on research topics - in addition ongoing projects in the sector of precision farming as well as different funding programmes will be presented to the audience.

Invitation for innovators in agriculture: Call for contribution to Smart AKIS database of Smart Farming Technologies

Open call for providers of Smart Farming solutions, research projects and results  to voluntarily feed the Inventory of Smart AKIS, through filling in an online survey. Thus, if you are a provider of Smart Farming solutions, either an established multinational company, an SME, a start-up or a spin-off, or a research group with promising new technologies applicable to the Smart Agriculture field, you can fill in the survey for your proposal to be included and showcased on Smart AKIS Inventory of Smart Farming solutions.

Virtual training in Smart Farming technologies - Kick-off for EU-project "GATES"

ATHENS. The Agricultural University of Athens, Smart AKIS Coordinator, hosted on January 18th the kick-off meeting of “GATES - Applying GAming TEchnologies for training professionals in Smart Farming” project, funded by Horizon 2020.

GATES will develop a serious game-based training platform, in order to train professionals across the agricultural value chain on the use of Smart Farming Technologies (SFT), thus allowing deploying its full economic and environmental potential in European agriculture.

Internet of Food & Farm 2020 started on 1st of January

BRUSSELS. A consortium of 71 partners, led by Wageningen UR and other core partners of previous key projects will extend and leverage the agricultural ecosystem and architecture that was already established in earlier projects. The IoF2020 project is dedicated to accelerate adoption of "Internet of Things" (IoT) for securing sufficient, safe and healthy food to strengthen competitiveness of farming and food chains in Europe. The big project is meant to consolidate Europe’s leading position in the global IoT industry by fostering a symbiotic ecosystem of farmers, food industry, technology providers and research institutes.

It pays to pay!

Levitating frog in a strong magnetic field

Why researchers that pay to get published are NOT mad.

Researchers are an odd race. Like journalists, they write articles. Their articles might have less sexy topics than those of journalists (see framed text for a great example), but nonetheless they are well-written pieces of text, backed up by excellent graphs of their painstakingly collected data. But unlike journalists, researchers don’t get paid for writing them. They usually write their articles for free. Moreover, in recent times, some researchers actually started paying their publishers to get their articles published! And they’ve got good reasons to do so. It really pays to pay!

Mapping of projects within ICT and robotics for agriculture

ICT-AGRI is collecting data about recent and ongoing projects within ICT and automation for a sustainable agriculture. The mapped projects can be search in sevaral ways. Website users can bookmark interesting projects for later review, and web site users can contact projects by a form which sends a mail to the project contact person, who then can decide to reply or ignore.