2018, the year of data in agriculture in Flanders


next Event AgriFood 4.0 - 25/10/18 @agropolis


SDF is an initiative of companies active in innovative precision farming -and livestock breeding with as main objectives:
1) Deploy economic potential and enhance the competitiveness of enterprises active in Flanders via collaboration initiatives in the agrifood sector.
2) Contribute with solutions to the societal/agricultural challenges with a direct economical added value for Flemish SMEs.
3) Stimulate open innovation, capacity building, and international opportunities within the Industry 4.0 ecosystem.
4) Act as a Digital Innovation Hub in RIS3 HTF and SmartAgriHubs.

The Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Farming, Joke Schauvliege supports SDF in its search for innovation and nominated 2018 as 'the year of data' in order to emphasize on the importance of data-driven decision making in precision farming.

Mapping the opportunities and bottlenecks of development and implementation of smart-data systems in practice is useful – also for policy regarding ownership of original data and data-sharing. In the context of legislation around privacy and personal data, which will come into effect in 2018. It’s likely that the smart-farming developments will also need to be harmonized with Flemish policy on industry 4.0.


We host a cluster of dedicated enterprises


Precision farming needs smartness on top in order to cope with today's technological challenges. We are a group of enterprises dedicated to introduce the 4th industrial revolution in agriculture. We call it AgriFood 4.0. We aim to apply agri-smartness from farm to fork, strive for innovation and share data from farmer to consumer via:

  • Scouting, brokerage, awareness creation, dissemination, ecosystem building

  • Market intelligence, market assessments, roadmapping

  • Workshops, seminars to share knowledge and experience

  • Identification of opportunities, creating consortia, development of proposals

  • Representing interests during meetings & conferences, organizing local events

We are a Digital Innovation Hub


Linked to the High Tech Farming initiative on the Agri-Food S3 Smart Specialisation Platform, we are registered as a Flemish [BE2] Digital Innovation Hub for agriculture. LINK

SDF /ILVO are also partners in the H2020 DT-RUR-12 approved SmartAgriHubs project coordinated by WUR Wageningen.

 Source: TNO Netherlands, presentation on DIHs. CC represents Competence Center such as the SDF's host and observers (see About).

Source: TNO Netherlands, presentation on DIHs. CC represents Competence Center such as the SDF's host and observers (see About).


Find out more about our organisation, mission, our methods and our decades of experience in precision farming -and livestock breeding.

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