Smart Agri Hubs
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 year 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.
SAH Innovation Portal
The goal of the SmartAgriHubs Innovation Portal is to expand and better connect the network of key AgriTech stakeholders across Europe.
To that end, it serves a multifaceted purpose: it is a search engine, a one-stop-shop marketplace, a library, a training platform, a calendar, a network, discussion forum and matchmaking service. The Innovation Portal was developed by taking on board the needs of both the internal and external stakeholders of the SmartAgriHubs project. These inputs were gathered and translated into the structure and features of the portal. The result of the whole process is an Innovation Portal that is both extremely user-friendly and interactive. With a few clicks and search queries, a user can look for desired Competence Centres, SMEs, Digital Innovation Hubs, documents or trainings tackling a specific problem, presenting a particular solution, and within a distinct sector or geographical region. The possibilities for filtering a search query are close to endless!
To join the Innovation Panel please visit: https://www.smartagrihubs.eu/login
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