Call for Services and Applications for Smart Agriculture: Smart AgriFood & ICT-AGRI Joint Call for Services and Applications for Smart Agriculture

Deadline:

15 Nov 2014

€4 million in funding is available for SME’s and web entrepreneurs to develop a large number of smart agriculture services and applications

Smart AgriFood has joined forces with the Europe-wide ICT-AGRI network to provide SMEs and web entrepreneurs with an additional €1.8M in funding to pay for expert advice and support services for the successful SMEs.

Projects are expected to provide smart solutions for specific farm operations or farm management activities. Projects may develop and implement new solutions or modify existing solutions towards use within the Future Internet framework.

The SmartAgriFood accelerator wants to fund web entrepreneurs and SMEs with new or innovative ideas for applications and services to address the lack of smart ICT tools suited for farm and wider agricultural use. New or existing applications should use FIWARE technologies (i.e. FIWARE generic enablers, specific enablers and/or domain specific platforms, most notably the FIspace platform), and should be delivered through the FIspace platform (an integrated collaboration system).

Projects are expected to address one or more of three representative farming subsectors:

  • Arable Farming – large-scale, annual crop production in the open air
  • Horticulture – flowers, fruits and vegetables production in greenhouses or, at a small scale, similar crops in the open air. In addition, orchards can be included.
  • Livestock Farming – animal production in the open-air closed housing systems or a mix between these.

This is a joint call between SmartAgriFood and ICT – AGRI. Online application will open 15th September 2014. The closing date for applications is 15thNovember 2014.

More details see here:

Quick Start Guide  http://ict-agri.eu/node/13790

FIWARE benefits for agriculture and agro-industry http://ict-agri.eu/node/13846

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About Graduate Farmers

TGFA is a civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors who deal with agriculture and agriculture marketing in general. The major aim of TGFA is to develop, promote, and influence structured business and initiatives that encourages and motivate youth especially graduates to tap in profitable agriculture value chains in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania with defined rules and regulations. TGFA also aimed at bringing dialogues for advocating improvement of the policy and enabling business environment in the country economy, strengthen information dissemination, technology and innovation, agribusiness development skills, business linkages and reduce constraints along the sector value chain. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers.
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