Project summary

The current impact of digitization is way below its true potential. The main reasons for this are the current fragmentation of knowledge and technology expertise in the proximity of farms, the lack of promising business cases for farmers and business models for the technology providers. Despite the overwhelming interest of tech companies, investors, policymakers, the adoption rate of Digital Agriculture is still limited.

Against this background, the main objective of the SmartAgriHubs project is to consolidate and foster a Europe-wide network of Digital Innovation Hubs for Agriculture to enhance the Digital Transformation for Sustainable Farming and Food Production. The pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs will cover all regions in Europe and ensure a broad coverage in terms of technological, business and sector expertise and relevant players. The project will support agricultural Innovation Experiments to form a critical mass, bringing together the farming sector and technology suppliers. By ensuring the long-term sustainability of the network, agri-digitalisation will attract new investors and provide structural financial support to third parties through open calls supported by European and regional public and private funds. To the expansion of the network, new digital innovation hubs and competence centres will be included through capacity building measures, ensuring that stakeholders can reach their full innovation accelerating potential.

Partners
Wageningen University
Waterford Institute of Technology
Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek opgericht – TNO
Instituut voor Landbouw-, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
IFOAM Organics Europe
ATB – Institut für angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH
Landbrug & Fødevarer F.m.b.A
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Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Région des Pays de la Loire
Geoponiko Panepistimion Athinon
Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Przemysłowy Instytut Maszyn Rolniczych
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Universidad de Almería
Luonnonvarakeskus
European Business and Innovation Centre Network
Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouw Organisatie
Association de Coordination Technique Agricole
Höhere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt
Aurea Imaging
Project information

Title
Connecting the dots to unleash the innovation potential for digital transformation of the European agri-food sector

Project acronym
SmartAgriHubs

Project ID
Grant Agreement (GA) N°818182

Duration
1 November 2018 to 31 October 2022

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