Between 10th and 13th of July 2017, the Regional Chamber of Agriculture of Normandy hosted the partners of SFATE, an Erasmus+ program project, for the second transnational meeting (the first meeting took place in February 2017 in Santiago de Compostela in Spain). The aim of this partner meeting was to discover different aspects of digital agriculture in Normandy in order to prepare the pedagogical content of the project. This content will be produced by the end of 2018.
The first day was devoted to exchanges among the members of the consortium on progress achieved so far in the project. On the next day, several presentations have been given: “Agriculture in Normandy and digital issues” (Rémi Laurent, CRA Normandie), “Chambers of agriculture of Normandy actions in agriculture and precision breeding” (Jean-Jacques Beauchamp, CA Calvados) and “The Master of Science in Big Data – MSc Agricultural Data Management and Decision Models” (Salima Taïbi, UNILASALLE).
Next, the partners went to the “Village by CA Normandie – Agri’Up” to enhance their understanding of functions of a start-up incubator, particularly, the phase of bringing innovation to the market by digital agriculture companies.
Furthermore, the consortium discovered the Dôme (science center), which promotes the scientific culture and facilitates the emergence of innovations at the FABLAB. Alongside, the “Farmbot”, the “Let’s badge Normandy” and the “Virtual farm” projects have been presented to the participants.
The last journey of the meeting took place at the experimental farm of Blanche Maison. The discussions with the farm managers and the site visit have facilitated the comprehension of digital agricultural tools.
The second transnational meeting of SFATE was concluded by setting a workplan for the upcoming months, until the next project meeting in Marburg, Germany.
All the partners would like to thank the Regional Chamber of Agriculture of Normandy for their hospitality as well as all the speakers for sharing their knowledge and making efforts to do so in English, the common project language.