Digitalisation for Agriculture and Rural Development in Europe
In the wake of the 2019 Berlin Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, European countries signed a Declaration of cooperation on ‘A smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’. Twenty four EU member countries agreeing to work together to strengthen support for research in areas such as smart farming and food traceability. It recognises the potential of digital technologies to help tackle the important and urgent economic, social, climatic and environmental challenges facing the EU's agri-food sector and rural areas. Member countries will also work towards establishing a Europe-wide innovation infrastructure for a smart European agri-food sector, and create a European dataspace for smart agri-food applications.
GODAN welcomes the initiative that fosters more widespread use of open data and puts technological innovation at the heart of a drive to improve the competitiveness of the European agriculture sector, and the well-being of citizens living in rural areas.
The Declaration of cooperation on smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas was launched at Digital Day 2019, on April 9, and signed by the following EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slowakia, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.