The importance of agricultures not only lies in the production of food products, but agricultural non-food products are of major importance as well. Farmers contribute to the preservation of cultural landscapes, rural development and play an important role in nature conservation and even tourism.

Expert Survey

ICT Applications for Agriculture comprise sensor technologies, GPS-based machine guidance (precision farming) and farm management software.
The main focus of most ICT applications is in the area of efficiency gains. However, priority of efficiency for ICT in agriculture is only indirectly related to sustainability.

Identified research demand:
  • Improvement of sensors
  • Open source applications and standards (e.g. INSPIRE)
  • Selective harvesting
  • Emerging concepts (vertical farming)
  • Agrodiversity research
  • Eco-efficiency research (e.g. IRENA)
  • Vulnerability research
  • Public acceptance of technologies