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FP7

ICT-AGRI-2

Information and Communication Technologies and Robotics for Sustainable Agriculture

Start date 1 January 2014
End date 31 December 2017
Duration 48 months
Programme acronym FP7-KBBE
Website www.ict-agri.eu
Total costs 2,239,740
Contribution by EC 1,997,106
Coordinator
Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Contact person Niels Gøtke
Participants
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Fisheries
Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology
Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research - Federal Office for Agriculture
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Federal Office of Agriculture and Food
Innovation Fund Denmark
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries - Danish Agrifish Agency
Regional Development Agency in the Murcia region
Technological Corporation of Andalusia
Ministry of Agriculture And Forestry
National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture - Department of Territoires
Greek Research and Technology Network
Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Aleksandras Stulginskis University
Latvian Academy of Sciences
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Wageningen University & Research
General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Participants

24

Countries

16

Calls

4

Projects

23

Objective

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 Pr...

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 ERA-NETs. ICT-AGRI-2 can be seen as an extension, with respect to implementation, to the Joint Programming Initiative FACCE (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.

The present proposal is based on the on-going ERA-NET ICT-AGRI (Coordination of ICT and Ro-botics in Agriculture and Related Environmental Issues). Nearly all participants continue in ICT-AGRI-2 and new participants strengthen the representation of important agricultural countries. The results, experience, tools and goodwill achieved in ICT-AGRI are thus available for ICT-AGRI-2.
A significant achievement of the first ICT-AGRI is the Strategic Research Agenda published in December 2012. The SRA identifies research and innovation requirements for ICT and robotics in agriculture and provides recommendations for the implementation of the SRA. Similar recommendations appears in the Strategic Research Agenda from the FP7 project agriXchange. A major goal for ICT-AGRI-2 is to facilitate the implementation of the SRA through appropriately structured mapping and analysis of on-going research and innovation followed by application of transnational joint calls and other coordination actions on topics of mutual interests.
ICT-AGRI-2 will, through mapping and consultation, maintain extensive relations with stakeholders representing the complete chain from research to application. It will promote transnational collaboration and seek critical mass by inviting national research and innovation programmes (including public-private partnerships) to participate in joint calls.
ICT-AGRI will also mobilise expertise from SMEs through network activities. ICT-AGRI-2 will collaborate with other ERA-NETs and the JPIs in order to share good practise and, where appropriate, conduct common joint calls.

Mapping

ICT-AGRI-2 will carry out an extensive mapping and analysis of research and innovation needs and opportunities. This will be done in a structured manner on the basis of recommendations in the Strategic Research Agenda. The mapping and analysis will - after consultation with the stakeholders - be delivered in the form of an action plan targeted for implementing joint calls. It is also expected that this mapping and analysis will be highly relevant for national and European research and innovat...

ICT-AGRI-2 will carry out an extensive mapping and analysis of research and innovation needs and opportunities. This will be done in a structured manner on the basis of recommendations in the Strategic Research Agenda. The mapping and analysis will - after consultation with the stakeholders - be delivered in the form of an action plan targeted for implementing joint calls. It is also expected that this mapping and analysis will be highly relevant for national and European research and innovation programmes.

 
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