This first workshop took place in Volterra at the SIAF premises, about 40 Km from Pisa on the 30th and 31st of May 2016.
The event acted as a forum where farmers, both from the organic and conventional world, networks, clusters, stakeholders and ICT and data experts were given the opportunity to exchange ideas and share thoughts about how to better address challenges and needs that still lie ahead, primarily focusing on the domains of both organic and conventional agriculture across Europe. The workshop became also the stage for a number of high-profiled speakers including EU project delegates and SME representatives, who presented significant results in the data domain and ICT developments. In this context, the CAPSELLA partners presented the project activities and expected outcomes and work, including the three pilots on field, seed and food, that will be carried out during the project’s lifespan.
In this light, the workshop raised awareness on the benefits of using ICTs in agriculture and paved the way to develop novel information and communication technologies (ICT) for biodiversity based agriculture. To do so, farmers and agricultural stakeholders, for whom these technologies are relevant, were encouraged to voice their requirements and needs on which CAPSELLA will focus its activities in the next two years.
Discussions kicked off on farm, from the very heart of agro-ecology: the living soil and the biodiversity it holds. Then, the communities and networks of farmers, researchers and activists were involved in discussing how to foster links between actors in agro-biodiversity. Real examples on how effective use of data through innovative ICTs can support agro-ecological farming animated the discussions.
After the plenary session, participants worked interactively in small groups, through flexible brainstorming sessions, organised in thematic Round Tables that focused on seeds, field and food.
The Italian Seed Network (Riccardo Bocci – Rete Semi Rurali, Italy)
Using Data to Support Agro-Biodiversity (Panagiotis Zervas – Agroknow, Greece & Andrea Galante – Primo Principio, Italy)
WiForAgri – ICT solution for decision support and knowledge management in agriculture (Andrea Galante – Primo Principio, Italy)
Bringing Producers, Consumers and Researchers together through good food and farming (Oliver Moore – ARC2020, Ireland)
FOODIE (Farm-Oriented Open Data in Europe) Project (Simona Mincione – Enco, Italy)
FOODIE – The Project (Walter H. Mayer – Progis, Austria)
Linked Open Data Usage LinDa & SDI4Apps projects (Norma Zanetti – Hyperborea srl, Italy)