Strengthening European research on digitisation in the agri-food system and organizing international research calls to pool the fragmented human and financial resources over the boundaries of the participating countries, in order to improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe’s research efforts in food systems.
The vision for the ERA-NET Cofund ICT-AGRI-FOOD (illustrated in Figure 1) is to bring together actors from across the entire agri-food systems including primary producers (comprising both conventional and organic), advisors, SMEs, food processors, food retailers, consumers and the public sector (e.g. ministries, policy makers and regulatory bodies) with researchers in a multi-actor approach, to enable digital technology solutions for a transition towards sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. These solutions will make use of data from all across the food chain to deliver benefits for the society as a whole and will lead to a more sustainable and transparent food system with empowered stakeholders (e.g. consumers, governmental authorities, industries) who are in the position to take smarter, more sustainable, healthier and more personal food and dietary choices, taking into account data regarding environmental impact, origin, nutrition, safety and integrity.
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.