The project Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) explores the potential of IoT-technologies for the European food and farming industry.The goal is ambitious: to make precision farming a reality and to take a vital step towards a more sustainable food value chain. With the help of IoT technologies higher yields and better quality produce are within reach. Pesticide and fertilizer use will drop and overall efficiency is optimized. IoT technologies also enable better traceability of food, leading to increased food safety. IoF2020 is part of Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership and supported by the European Commission with a budget of EUR 30 million. The aim of IoF2020 is to build a lasting innovation ecosystem that fosters the uptake of IoT technologies. For this purpose key stakeholders along the food value chain are involved in IoF2020 together with technology service providers, software companies and academic research institutions.Thirty three use-cases organised around five sectors (arable, dairy, fruits, meat and vegetables) develop, test and demonstrate IoT technologies in an operational farm environment all over Europe. The IoT solutions are being developed following technical, business and ethical considerations, and aim at reaching commercial stage at the end of the project, making IoF2020 a real game changer initiative. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on IoF2020.Are you curious to learn more? Please visit https://www.iof2020.eu
Interview with Norbert Lins - MEP
Mr Norbert Lins is a member of the European Parliament and the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. He’s very enthusiastic about the opportunities digital technologies have to offer in the agri-food sector. We talk with him about the importance of digitization for small scale farmers.
Interview with Maria Walsh
Maria Walsh is an Irish member of the European Parliament, and a farmer. In this interview, we discuss the role of farmers and technology in fighting climate change but also of the role of women agriculture and of our Gender Task Force. A member of the Delegation for relations with the US, Ms Walsh gives us her insights on the newly introduced President Biden.
Interview with Maroussia Wilk Tatin
The podcasts is an interview of Maroussia. We explore the context that made her, the youngest of 3 daughters, take over her father's wine making business. Further to that, she will tell us how it is like to find your place as a woman in a man led industry at the heart of France's most illustrative production and what she has to say to the next generation.
Interview Vincenzo Verrastro (IAMB) - Fruit Trial
Vincenzo Verrastro, agronomic engineer at the IAMB is invited in his quality of Fruit Trial chair for IoF2020. He gives us an overview of the way that the Covid crisis impacted the fruit sector. Not only in terms of production but also in terms of distribution and consumption.
An unexpected consequence for instance was a change in the consumer behaviour: the quality of food was no longer a privileged criterion. Consumers wanted to get their food as quickly as possible and not spend time in the alleys in examining fruit quality.
Also, with the restrictions of moves that affected the citizens, they required to have food with extended shelf life to avoid frequent supply runs. How was IoT technology and IoF2020 use cases able to help and propose solutions for these challenges ?
Interview Christina Micheloni (AIAB) - Vegetable Trial
Cristina Micheloni, senior researcher at AIAB represents the Vegetable Trial within IoF2020.
She comes back on the main issues that the sector had to face and how the producers found the way to overcome the difficulties. For instance, a huge share of the vegetable production was not able to be sold on the open markets due to covid-19 restrictions.
This led to significant food waste of fresh products, next to that, the production was also impacted by the lack of seasonal workers which were unable to cross the closed borders. IoF2020 use cases have continued the work and tried to identify solutions for some of the challenges. For instance, the remote quality control for certification of products and food traceability.
Interview Evi Lippens (ILVO) - Meat Trial
Evi Lippens, researcher at ILVO and representing the IoF2020 Meat Trial explains the challenges affecting the Meat sector and makes connections with the solutions found by the IoF2020 use cases to overcome these challenges.
For instance, the meat demand was greatly impacted by the covid-19 as restaurants stopped their activity. This caused the meat producers to find solutions for avoiding food waste. A safe and affordable storage, new platforms to get in touch with customers, etc… at the same time, livestock continues to live and therefore continues to need veterinarian services and feed. The technologies developed in IoF2020 meat trial use cases proven themselves efficient to maintain a good welfare of livestocks: remote monitoring of vital characteristics and predictive restocking of feed are just a couple of example.