The European Testing and Experimentation Facilities for Agrifood Innovation
To foster sustainable and efficient food production AgrifoodTEF empowers innovators with validation tools needed to bridge the gap between their brightest ideas and successful market products.
Built as a network of physical and digital facilities across Europe, the project provides services that help assess and validate third party AI and Robotics solutions in real-world conditions aiming to maximise impact from digitalisation of the agricultural sector.
We focus on five impact sectors and propose tailor-made services for the testing and validation of AI-based and robotic solutions in the agri-food sector.
For the Arable sector, AgrifoodTEF will propose services for testing and validation of robotic, selective weeding and geofencing technologies to enhance autonomous driving vehicle performances and therefore decrease farmers' reliance on traditional agricultural inputs.
For the Tree Crop sector, AgrifoodTEF will propose services for testing and validation of AI solutions supporting optimisation of natural resources and inputs (fertilisers, pesticides, water) for Mediterranean crops (Vineyards, Fruit orchards, Olive groves).
For the Horticulture sector, AgrifoodTEF will propose services for testing and validation of AI-based solutions helping to strike the right balance of nutrients while ensuring the crop and yield quality.
For the Livestock sector, AgrifoodTEF will propose services for testing and validation of AI-based livestock management applications and organic feed production improving the sustainability of cows, pigs and poultry farming.
For the Food Processing sector, AgrifoodTEF will propose services for testing and validation of standardised data models and self-sovereign data exchange technologies, providing enhanced traceability in the production and supply chains.
The consortium of partners, coordinated by Raffaele Giaffreda, is composed of some of the major European players in the field of digital innovation applied to the agrifood industry.
Organized in three national nodes (Italy, Germany, France) and 4 satellite nodes (Poland, Belgium, Sweden and Austria), it offers its services to companies and developers from all over Europe who want to validate their robotics and artificial intelligence solutions for agribusiness under real-life conditions of use, speeding their transition to the market.
AgrifoodTEF had its launch event on Wednesday, February 1st 2023. For the occasion, the Node Leaders, the project coordinator and Ms Cecile Huet (DG Connect, Head of Unit CNECT.A.1) gathered to present "The European Testing and experimentation Facility For Agrifood Innovation" in a nutshell.
Find here a brief introduction to the project by its Coordinator Raffaele Giaffreda
The kick-off event in has been streamed live and its recording can be found here Recording of AgrifoodTEF Launch Event.
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