Smart Digital Farming, on orchestrator
of SmartAgriHubs in Flanders

SmartAgriHubs has been lauched in The Hague on November 6-7

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SmartAgriHubs has the potential to be a real game changer in the adoption of digital solutions by the farming sector. Recent initiatives showed the eagerness of the sector to seize the opportunities offered by ICT, network and data–oriented technologies. However, current available applications are still fragmented and mainly used by a small group of early-adopters. SmartAgriHubs will leverage, strengthen and connect local DIHs, and 20.000 Competence Centres (CCs) throughout Europe. SmartAgriHubs has already put together a large network of 140 DIHs by building on its existing projects and ecosystems such as Internet of Food and Farm (IoF2020). All DIHs are aligned with 9 regional clusters, which are led by organizations that are closely related to national or regional digitization initiatives and funds.

The SmartAgriHubs logic

The SmartAgriHubs logic

Digital Innovation Hub services of the future

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SmartAgriHubs organisation

Overall project management: George Beers (WUR) and Grigoris Chatzikostas (Biosense)

For the Northwest Regional Cluster (BeNeLux & Germany) coordinator: Jürgen Vangeyte, scientific director at ILVO Agrofood Technics in Flanders. For Belgium, 8 Digital Innovation Hubs have been registered and 4 Flagship Innovation Experiments are nominated. For Flanders, Smart Digital Farming is directly involved in the SmartAgriHubs project.
Peter Rakers, network manager of Smart Digital Farming is co-organisor of WP3 and Flagship Innovation Experiment coordinator for Belgium.

Linked to the High Tech Farming initiative on the Agri-Food S3 Smart Specialisation Platform and the Horizon2020 project SmartAgriHubs, Smart Digital Faming is registered as a Flemish [BE2] Digital Innovation Hub for agriculture. LINK


What is Smart Digital Farming - SDF for flanders today?

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) Evolve into a Digital Innovation Hub in 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.


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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


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

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