SmartAgriHubs is a €20 M EU project under the Horizon 2020 instrument, that brings together a consortium of well over 164 partners in the European agri-food sector.
This 4 years’ project, being led by STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH (NL), aims to realise the digitisation of European farming and food sector. It will do so, by building an extensive pan-European network of Agriculture Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) that will boost the uptake of digital solutions by the farming sector.
The heart of the project is formed by 28 Flagship Innovation Experiments (FIEs) demonstrating digital innovations in 5 agri-food sectors: Arable farming, livestock, vegetable, fruits and aquaculture.
The FIEs are facilitated by DIHs from 9 Regional Clusters including all European member states. Associated with DIHs, are one or multiple Competence Centres (CCs), which provide advanced technical expertise and facilities (labs, infrastructures, pilot lines for production, etc.).
IFA is part of the Smart Agri Hubs project, co-leading the Regional Cluster of British Isles, with the Waterford Institute of Technology (IE) -TSSG leading the UK and IE ecosystem.
The Regional Cluster (RC) will act as a one-stop-shop for farmers, advisors, technology providers and agri-food companies who want to benefit from technology solutions from across Europe to farming as well as business problems.
The RC’s ecosystem currently includes two (FIEs) fully dedicated to sustainability. One focuses on animal welfare indicators alongside water and energy consumption while ensuring end-user engagement. The other one provides a sustainability tool for remote assessment and management of farmland.
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