On the 21st and 22nd of March, a Young Cooperative Members Congress was held in Valencia. It was organised by Spanish Co-ops with the support of the Confederation of EU Agri-food Co-operatives (COGECA). During this congress, titled "Young Producers and Agri-food Cooperatives of Tomorrow", 300 young people from multiple regions of Spain and other European countries participated. The generational shift in agriculture and livestock is one of the most important challenges the agri-food sector is facing throughout the European Union and especially in Spain, where the rate of young people working in the sector is among the lowest.
IoT is continually challenging the status quo and massively affecting our everyday lives. The potential for agriculture and beyond is enormous and applied IoT enables all of us to make better decisions for our environment. Hence, IoF2020 contributed to this year’s IoT Week in Aarhus from 17th to 21st June, 2019 with the following parts:
On the 9th of April, 24 EU Member States signed a declaration of cooperation on ‘a smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’. The declaration was signed in Brussels on Digital Day, a day on which EU institutions and stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society come together to take digital cooperation forward. Both SmartAgriHubs and IoF2020 were mentioned in the declaration as exemplary projects for a smart and sustainable digital agriculture.
By Juan Sagarna, Dragana Matic, Patrick Honcoop, Alexander Berlin -
The third annual IoF2020 Partners Event which took place in Prague, the Czech Republic at the beginning of March was a resounding success. It was our pleasure to welcome nearly 200 attendees, ranging from our consortium partners to other relevant stakeholders from the agri-food value chain and IoT sector, to the Prague Congress Centre.
The International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin a one-of-a-kind international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries. IGW is the origin of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). This is where over 70 international ministries and food producers meet – their displays reveal the fascinating world of the food and beverage industries. Even though traditions are maintained since the start in 1926, innovations are created in order to ensure continuity. Renewable resources, organic agriculture, gardening and the future of rural development continue to gain importance at International Green Week. On the same note, the 74 Ministers of Agriculture agreed to invest in digitalisation during their assembly.
In the week of January 17th, the International Green Week took place. 5.000 guests from all over the world listened to the speeches of e.g. the major of Berlin, the president of the German Farmers’ Union and the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. All speakers talked about the role of agriculture in their countries, the Brexit and the stability of Europe, as well as the growing importance of technology in agriculture. During the International Green Week, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture took place. This is an international conference focused on the future of the global agri-food industry. The forum gives all stakeholders the opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding of current agricultural policy.
We know that the Internet of Things can relieve many difficulties that are faced throughout the whole food chain. Two of our use cases are for example researching the possible applications of IoT in the fresh table grape chain, and the olive chain. This potentially offers solutions to the challenges that are faced in both chains, for instance because grapes as well as olives are vulnerable fruits. They have a short shelf-life, they can be easily damaged in the different steps of the supply chain, and they are very vulnerable to pests. Weather conditions can also affect the growth of table grapes and olives a lot, since it is open field agriculture. Weather conditions make it difficult to ensure a high-quality and quantity produce of table grapes.
Our use case Chain-Integrated Greenhouse Production relies on IoT technology to ensure quality and transparency in the entire tomato supply chain. The improved quality is achieved by the precise application of resources like pesticides and water. On this latter part, the use case currently made some great achievements.