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World Food Day: OECD call for better food systems

October 21st, 2021 / 0 comments

The first UN Food Systems Summit was held during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23 2021. The purpose was to accelerate action and to transform food systems to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. There are three major challenges facing food systems, firstly ensuring food security, secondly supporting people’s … Continue reading World Food Day: OECD call for better food systems

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Digital Agricultural Data Webinar

October 19th, 2021 / 0 comments

Register for Webinar which is part of the  Research Data Alliance Interest Group for Agricultural Data (IGAD)’s Coffee Break initiative. It will take place on 20 October 2021 at 13:00 CEST. The webinar, titled Growing Digital Agriculture from the Grassroots: designing just and sustainable agricultural data applications will feature Sarah-Louise Ruder, Dr. Hannah Wittman, and Kevin Cussen, … Continue reading Digital Agricultural Data Webinar

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European farmers urgently need to diversify their activities, support from Horizon Europe

October 13th, 2021 / 0 comments

According to Horizon, the EU’s  research and innovation magazine, boosting biodiversity on farms is crucial to make them more resilient to climate change and protect future food security. Researchers suggest however it will not happen without change across the food supply chain from seed production to consumer. Research suggests the farmers most interested in promoting … Continue reading European farmers urgently need to diversify their activities, support from Horizon Europe

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European Regions Week workshop on rural connections

October 8th, 2021 / 0 comments

As part of European Regions week, an online workshop will be held from 11.30-13.00 CET on October 14th 2021 on the theme “Rural Connections  – green and digital innovation to unlock the potential of rural and remote areas”. The workshop is organised by the European Broadband Competence Offices Network and the Council of European Municipalities … Continue reading European Regions Week workshop on rural connections

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SEED Project holds its final conference

September 28th, 2021 / 0 comments

The SEED Project (Smart Entrepreneurial Education & training in Digital farming) held its final conference on Thursday September 9th 2021 at the Brussels Office of the Umbria Region. The conference theme was “New Educational Perspectives for Digital Entrepreneurship in agriculture“. Download the SEED final conference agenda. The event aimed to contribute to innovative actions concerning the … Continue reading SEED Project holds its final conference

SEED Project holds final peer review event

September 12th, 2021 / 0 comments

Partners in the SEED Project held their final partner meeting and peer review event in Ghent and Brussels on 7-9 September 2021. The project welcomed more than 50 participants from across Europe to examine the outputs and activities of the project and help establish a plan for exploitation of the outcomes. The exploitation plan was … Continue reading SEED Project holds final peer review event

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SEED Project Final Partner Meeting

September 7th, 2021 / 0 comments

Partners in the SEED Project held their final partner meeting at the University of Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday 7th September 2021.  The meeting was in a hybrid meeting format (face to face and via Zoom) due to remaining Covid travel restrictions. The Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming – SEED project develops skills in agriculture … Continue reading SEED Project Final Partner Meeting

Draft SEED report on assessment standards

September 7th, 2021 / 0 comments

Members of the SEED project have created a report on “Elaboration of assessment standards for national and transnational work-based learning activities”.  This provides valuable quality aspects developed through the use of the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) framework. EQAVET provides VET providers with a straightforward way to monitor and improve the … Continue reading Draft SEED report on assessment standards

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Agricultural Innovation Trends in 2021

August 23rd, 2021 / 0 comments

Among the latest trends in digital farming are Digitisation, Internet of Things and sustainability. These are considered to be major trends which are guiding many industries in recent years. These technologies and the increasing interest and engagement with “green” matters are influencing developments in  the agriculture sector. This huge digital transformation is being referred to … Continue reading Agricultural Innovation Trends in 2021

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Study: towards sustainable agriculture with biodiversity-friendly alternatives

August 3rd, 2021 / 0 comments

A European Commission funded research study has examined sustainability of large scale intensive wheat farming and its impacts on the environment. As intensive agriculture is associated with large-scale impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services, food security and human health, it is important to shift to more sustainable, yet highly productive, farming practices. The study assesses such … Continue reading Study: towards sustainable agriculture with biodiversity-friendly alternatives

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Building agricultural resilience: OECD News

July 20th, 2021 / 0 comments

Set in the context of climate change, which is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme events, causing production losses, damaging land and assets in agricultural sectors, and threatening livelihoods around the world. THE OECD has published a new report on “Building Agricultural Resilience”. The latest OECD-FAO report proposes a new approach to building agricultural … Continue reading Building agricultural resilience: OECD News

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Advancing Sustainable Agriculture: the role of advanced farm machines & solutions

July 11th, 2021 / 0 comments

Advancing sustainable agriculture in Europe is possible, but to do so, technology uptake needs to rapidly increase and digital farming has be further developed. Advanced technologies and innovative sensing along with improved information technologies have provided the potential for transformations in agricultural. The practices development of modern digital advances require an understanding of traditional agricultural … Continue reading Advancing Sustainable Agriculture: the role of advanced farm machines & solutions

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What farmers need to be modern climate-friendly and profitable

July 2nd, 2021 / 0 comments

Farming feeds all of us — yet in rural communities, farmers are under pressure from mounting climate volatility and limited access to modern tools like the internet. How can agriculture stay resilient and grow with the times? Watch the interview with Beth Ford, CEO of the farming co-op Land O’Lakes, as she shares her plan … Continue reading What farmers need to be modern climate-friendly and profitable

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OECD report on Government support to agriculture

June 29th, 2021 / 0 comments

Government support fo agriculture has continued to grow worldwide in recent years, but is often failing to meet its stated aims of improving food security, livelihoods and environmental sustainability, according to a new report from the OECD. There are relatively low levels of innovation. Monitoring of 54 countries showed that only 6% of all budgetary … Continue reading OECD report on Government support to agriculture

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LiveAdapt: extensive livestock adapts to climate change

June 22nd, 2021 / 0 comments

LIFE LiveAdapt is part of the LIFE programme of the European Union, in which a multidisciplinary team of entities from Spain, Portugal and France will identify and assess, for four years (2018-2022), solutions for the adaptation to climate change of extensive livestock production models in southern Europe. Why this project? The negative impacts that climate … Continue reading LiveAdapt: extensive livestock adapts to climate change

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What role for the OECD Green Recovery Database?

June 17th, 2021 / 0 comments

As part of a Green Recovery post-Covid, Governments have the opportunity to unleash innovation, undertake wider reaching and fundamental restructuring of certain sectors, accelerate existing environmental plans, and make use of environmentally sustainable project developments. The OECD has established a database of Green Recovery initiatives to share what is being done and provide examples of … Continue reading What role for the OECD Green Recovery Database?

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Optimising the processing of UAV-based thermal imagery

May 26th, 2021 / 0 comments

The UAV Research Center (URC) at the Faculty of Bioscience engineering  – est. 2019 – focuses on sensing technologies with drones through interdisciplinary collaboration. It undertakes research on the automation of  drone flights, remote sensing using drones and data processing, with particular interest in precision agriculture and industrial inspection applications. One of their recent projects deals … Continue reading Optimising the processing of UAV-based thermal imagery

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Social Hackathon Umbria 2021

May 21st, 2021 / 0 comments

After a one-year break due to the pandemic, the Social Hackathon Umbria will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a major digital co-creation event focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and shared with Fertitecnica Colfiorito and FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. #SHU2021 foresees a four-day Hackathon, Workshops, Exhibitions and Laboratories, next 1-4 July 2020 in the beautiful setting of the Colfiorito Park, a … Continue reading Social Hackathon Umbria 2021

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SEED Webinar during European Green Week, June 7th 2021

May 20th, 2021 / 0 comments

  “The carbon footprint of digital technologies in the AgriTech and Precision Agriculture sectors”   The European Environment Agency warns that “Europe’s environment is at a tipping point”. This event examines the situation in the agriculture sector, sharing practices as well as issues and challenges being faced. In the context of the European Green Deal … Continue reading SEED Webinar during European Green Week, June 7th 2021

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Urban digital farming initiatives

May 17th, 2021 / 0 comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how susceptible countries are to turmoil in the global food supply. Small countries like Singapore have restricted space for agricultural development. One solution is to create vertical farming hubs. Vertical farming is the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked layers. It often incorporates controlled-environment precision agriculture, which aims to optimise plant growth, … Continue reading Urban digital farming initiatives

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SEED publishes Joint Digital Farming Curriculum in 4 languages

May 17th, 2021 / 0 comments

Partners in the SEED Project have developed and finalised the curriculum content for the Joint Qualification in Digital Farming. The results have been validated with national focus-groups and through international peer-review events. They are now published and available as a brand-new Curriculum mapped both on DigComp and EntreComp. The curriculum can be used as a … Continue reading SEED publishes Joint Digital Farming Curriculum in 4 languages

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Digital agriculture: UmbraFlor, EGInA and Ciuffelli made SEED

May 10th, 2021 / 0 comments

The project for Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming – SEED – is drawing to a conclusion. Coordinated by UmbraFlor, the nursery of the Umbria Region, the project involves the Agricultural High school of Todi and the European Grants International Academy of Foligno, together with other partners from Spain, Belgium and Slovakia. The … Continue reading Digital agriculture: UmbraFlor, EGInA and Ciuffelli made SEED

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SEED Project presented at EUROGEO2021

April 26th, 2021 / 0 comments

The SEED Project was disseminated at the EUROGEO 2021 Conference on April 23rd 2021.  Due to the Covid pandemic the conference was held online, hosted by UNEC, Madrid, the Spanish Open University. The conference theme Sustainable Development Goals for all, where the SDGs seek to promote a multidimensional model of development capable of guaranteeing sustainability. This … Continue reading SEED Project presented at EUROGEO2021

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Digital agriculture: the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra invites you to become a Digital Farmer

April 13th, 2021 / 0 comments

The aim of the Smart Entrepreneurship Education and Training in Digital Agriculture – SEED project is to develop skills and competences and to support the preparation of a common qualification for digital agriculture. The Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra is organising a digital farming training course in May 2021 focused on the issue of … Continue reading Digital agriculture: the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra invites you to become a Digital Farmer

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Summer school on drone-based remote sensing

April 6th, 2021 / 0 comments

IGARSS 2021 Brussels (in cooperation with Ghent University) will organise a three-day summer school from 6 to 8 July 2021, prior to the IGARSS 2021 conference. The summer school will be fully dedicated to drone based remote sensing and is conceived as a highly practical training event where teaching, demos, hands-on exercises and even a … Continue reading Summer school on drone-based remote sensing

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Future of Agriculture Forum

March 2nd, 2021 / 0 comments

The European Commission announced the 2021 Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) will take place in March, incorporating their annual conference on March 23rd in a  virtual studio-based format. The event will focus on ‘food system renewal’ recognising that the world must urgently deal with the implications of the Covid-19 crisis but also with … Continue reading Future of Agriculture Forum

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Smart digital farming at Van den Borne potatoes

March 1st, 2021 / 0 comments

Using huge amounts of data collected by all kinds of different sensors, Van den Borne potato farm manages to use the land more efficiently than most other potato farms. They know exactly which areas of soil need more nutrients, where pests are eating leaves, or which plants aren’t getting enough sunlight – and they are … Continue reading Smart digital farming at Van den Borne potatoes

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Why is SEED needed?

February 21st, 2021 / 0 comments

The SEED Project addresses training and qualifications to counteract inefficient and ineffective farming practises. It provides a new and innovative approach to vocational training in agriculture and agribusiness areas. The earth lost one-third of all arable land in the last 40 years, a 2016 study reported. Poor agricultural practices are eroding soil at a rate … Continue reading Why is SEED needed?

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SEED Publishes Curriculum Framework

February 11th, 2021 / 0 comments

The SEED Project has published the final version of its Curriculum for vocational training for Digital Farming. Following extensive peer review and critical analysis, the content of the curricular units comprising a Joint Qualification in Digital Farming has been completed. They were validated with national focus-groups and at a series of international peer-review events. The … Continue reading SEED Publishes Curriculum Framework

New adventures in agriculture and rural development for SEED Italian partners

January 16th, 2021 / 0 comments

While the SEED project is entering its last implementation phase, the Italian members of our consortium are kicking off several innovative European projects that have just been approved within the framework of the last Erasmus+ calls and they are all focusing on smart agriculture and rural development. The projects operate at different levels to involve … Continue reading New adventures in agriculture and rural development for SEED Italian partners