In 2030 food systems will produce healthy nutritious foods, produced through a input-efficient methods and supporting a thriving environment. Food Systems will operate as collaborative networks, that are constantly improving to improve their economic, environmental and social performance for all actors in the network, and those food systems can be region specific, in local territories, but also global.
The science of agri-food is complex in terms of data science and the ability to integrate its heterogeneous data is a key issue to tackle new societal challenges (e.g. food security in the face of climate change, sustainable food value chains, digital agriculture and food technology). In addition, the automation of data collection has allowed to collect an exponentially increasing amount of data. Thus, there is a need for an e-infrastructure that connects data, infrastructures, resources and people and that allows to share efforts and expertise, and support innovation.
Our vision is an ecosystem of people, data and devices. Stakeholders are not only academic researchers. The farm has to become part of the research environment as the supply chain needs to feed back to the lab and to the farm. Last but not least citizens will participate in the collection of data and information.
In implementing this vision we are not at the beginning. As a community of interest involved in projects as agInfra, semagrow, openminted, aginfra+ we have accomplished several achievements and we aim to achieve more.
More information about this eROSA Position Paper is available here