Smart AKIS - H2020 project

 

The EU-funded Smart AKIS project (in which CEMA is a participating partner) has been making steady progress for 1 year already. It started in March 2016.

The main objective of the project is examining the suitability and use of Smart Farming Technologies in EU Agriculture involving farmers, the ag machinery industry, academia, research centres, ag engineering and policy makers and ultimately increase a wider adoption of precision farming technologies in Europe.

So far: 

Smart Farming Technologies inventory & Smart AKIS Platform

  • The project has been mapping Smart Farming Technologies across Europe, screening results from research-based EU projects, commercial solutions available on the market and scientific articles to create an online platform www.smart-akis.com where to find a wide range of smart technologies applicable in EU agriculture. 

Farmers views & needs on Smart Farming across Europe

  • Farmers, ag advisors and other practitioners from the 7 target areas have been consulted and involved so as to identify their specific needs and the reasons why some of the latest technologies are not more widely picked up in European agriculture.
  •  A report covering farmers needs in terms of Smart Farming can be found here
  •  A report on factors affecting adoption of innovation and dissemination processes in Smart Farming (where ag machinery industry representatives have been interviewed) - will be published soon

Regional Innovation Workshops – Exchange, Collaborate & Profile

  • The project is also aiming at identifying a range of Smart Farming Solutions that should more actively be encouraged by agricultural policies to increase innovation and technology uptake in European Agriculture.

To carry on this task, a series of 21 Regional Innovation Workshops will take place on the 7 target areas from March'17 to September '18. 

The primary idea of these workshops is that based on the needs reported on knowledge & usage of Smart Farming Technologies farmers, technology providers, researchers will meet together to:

  • discuss the challenges that farmers meet in a particular area or with a specific type of crop and
  • try to identify those technologies that will help them in improving their farming systems
  • initiate further collaborative projects among the industry, academia & farming community 
  • come up with a set of policy recommendations: 7 Smart AKIS Reports with findings from regional innovation process  + 1 EU Smart AKIS Report with general policy recommendations

 

For further information on the project's developments you can check www.smart-akis.com

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The Smart AKIS project started in March 2016 and will run for 30 months. The Agricultural University of Athens will coordinate the overall project as well as the contributions from the 13 partners*** from 8 European countries where different cropping systems (arable crops, tree crops, open field vegetables, vineyards) will be covered.

***DLG (DE), University of Wageningen (NL), Leibiniz Centre for Ag Landscape Research (DE), BioSense Institute (Serbia), ACTA (FR), Navarra Institute for Agri-food Technologies and Infrastructures (ES), Delphy (NL), Regional Gov of Vojvodina (Serbia), Iniciativas Innovadoras (ES), CEMA (BE), CUMA (FR), EurAgEng (UK). Coordinator: Agricultural University of Athens