DEMETER: the European project for the Agri-Food sector
“Building an Interoperable, Data-Driven, Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector”: this is the goal of the project within Horizon 2020, the funding programme created by the European Commission to support and promote research and innovation.
The DEMETER Project, that will start on 1st September 2019, is a large-scale deployment of farmer centric interoperable smart farming-IoT based platforms implemented through a series of 20 pilot projects in 18 countries (15 EU Member States).
Agricolus is one of the 60 partners involved in the realization of the project, in particular regarding defense and DSS for olive tree.
What are DEMETER project’s goals?
DEMETER adopts a multi-actor approach that covers the entire value chain (supply and demand): 25 implementation sites, 6,000 farmers and over 38,000 devices and sensors, with participants from different production sectors (milk, meat, vegetables, fruit and arable crops), production systems (conventional and organic) and different sizes and types of farms.
The project aims to demonstrate the real-life potential of advanced standards-based interoperability between IoT technologies by adapting and extending existing standards into an over-arching Agricultural Information Model, concurrently ensuring security, privacy and business confidentiality across the full value chain in multiple agri-food operational environments.
DEMETER displays how an integrated approach to business modelling and user acceptance can support sustainable farming and food production systems, provide safe food and support farmers in their decision-making in ‘doing more with less’.
It will bring new business opportunities on the farm and in the wider agri-food economy, while concurrently contributing to the safeguarding of Europe’s precious natural resources.
The DEMETER project’s goal is the creation of a secure and sustainable European IoT technology and business ecosystem whose impact could be transformative in the EC food and agriculture sector, and potentially across the world.
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