Since already 2009, the ERA-NET ICT-AGRI is supporting the development and implementation of new technologies for a competitive, sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture. Purpose of ERA-NETs is to pool fragmented human and financial resources to improve both, the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe’s research efforts.
The overall goals of ICT-AGRI was supporting the coordination of the European research on ICT and robotics, developing a common European Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA, also SRA) and following up with calls based on funds from the participating countries’ national research programmes.
In December 2012, ICT AGRI 1 published a SRA concerning the global challenges in agriculture and a discussion of how ICT and robotics could contribute to their resolution or mitigation. The conclusion of this report defined the focus of calls for transnational European research projects, both within the ICT-AGRI project as well as influencing other funders.
Since then, the use of new technologies in agriculture has grown immensely in significance. There is widespread expectation that we are on the turning point of a “digital revolution” in the agri-food sector, which will revolutionise the primary sector, dissolve the boundaries between agriculture and food systems, create new markets for data, as well as showing the importance of creating new global policies. Therefore ICT-AGRI SRIA aims to describe the state of the ICT and robotics art and trend and its mapping, as well as the current and future challenges of ICT and robotics adoption in agriculture.