The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products in a small footprint, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply.
Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed. Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security in a small footprint.
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Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI
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After mechanisation, the introduction of mineral fertiliser and the industrialisation of production processes, connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next revolution in the history of farming: Smart Farming / Precision agriculture. It has now reached a point where it is not only possible to collect vast quantities of data but also to control different pieces of equipment or monitor individual animals, the Internet of Things. A growing number of farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations.
The workshop is an e-shape labeled event, the European Commission’s Horizon2020 flagship project supporting the EuroGEO initiative demonstrating European EO capabilities applied to 7 showcases, including agriculture co developed with and for the users. The project’s ultimate goals id to foster entrepreneurship and develop research to business activities.
The first part of the workshop will set the stage by providing the audience with relevant information on the state-of-the-art technology market developments and trends as well as users' benefits perspective. The second part will be entirely devoted to a set of dual presentations performed by the service provider on one hand together with a current users involved in the co-design process. The presenters will provide hands-on training and users’ benefit on two applications.