Paris, 14 September 209

EFITA newsletter / 428 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Data Mining and Knowledge Management
The School of Computing, IT and Engineering of the University of East London (UEL) has unanimously accepted our proposal for co-organising this M.Sc.
Since applications of Data Mining and Knowledge Management (DM&KM) methodologies comprise an important research area for agriculture, qualified candidates are invited to apply directly to UEL. Dissertation research areas may include significant applications of DM&KM in Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Food Technology. For more information please See:
Contact: Elias PIMENIDIS
E-mail: e.pimenidis(a)

Efita 2009 (1)
I am having trouble opening papers in Section 18 - Portals and media - (17-8-2009)
Could you take a look for me please?
Contact: Peter BALLANTYNE
Mél : peter.ballantyne(a)

My answer: I corrected this section 18. It should be OK now.

Efita 2009 (2)
All authors are invited to have a look at the web site to check if there is something wrong!
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Mél : waksman(a)

The 8th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2010
6 - 9 April 2010 - ORLANDO, Florida, USA

IAALD Congress
26 - 29 April 2010 – MONTPELLIER (FR)
Voir :

I have a simple question that you may be able to answer easily: Are you aware of any recently published study of the potential of ICT in agriculture and agribusiness that is based on more than the personal insights and visions of its author? I would appreciate any answer (A question raised by Dr. Rolf A.E. Mueller in the efita newsletter dated 31 August 2009)
Seeing your request in the Efita newsletter I thought you might like to have a glance at this report that was commissioned by the Dutch ministry of agriculture. It describes the Dutch situation, but you might get something out of it.
Contact: Gert Jan HOFSTEDE
E-mail: gertjan.hofstede(a)

CAP subsidy claims in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, there are 84000 applications in 2009 for CAP subsidies.
70 % is done via the so called eGDI service. (58000 applications)
Of these electronic applications 34 % are made via an intermediate (accounting / administration office) (20000 applications), the remaining part 26000 is done with traditional paper based forms and maps.

The eGDI is a web page application by which the farmer can do his CAP application, the annual agriculture statistic survey and the application for mineral - livestock and manure N and P regulation. In one integrated session (a kind of single window), the application contains a geographic section, for viewing and geoediting crop parcels, and a text section for the numeric and text data fields.

The eGDI application does online controls and checks to provide a valid and sound CAP application send by the farmer. This reduces the number of faulty or incomplete CAP applications.
Contact: Frans VAN DIEPEN
E-mail: f.van.diepen(a)

CAP subsidy claims / Comparison FR / NL




Number of applicants





ICT via an intermediate

(?) 70000




ICT autonomous

(?) 37000




Total "ICT"










My question (GW): And in your country, what about the number / the proportion of farmers using the Internet to transmit their CAP subsidy claims?

The many uses of mobiles (from ICT Update)
Over the years, ICT Update has covered the many ways in which mobile phones are used to promote agricultural and rural development. The technology has proven so useful that it is likely to remain a popular method of information delivery for some time to come.

Mobile banking services (from ICT Update)
In many ACP countries, mobile banking services have expanded rapidly, giving millions of people in rural areas access to financial services without the need to ever visit a bank.

International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems - ICROFS (former DARCOF)

Counselling - southern style

Earl and Bubba are quietly sitting in a boat fishing, chewing tobacco and drinking beer when suddenly Bubba says:

"I think I'm gonna divorce my wife - she ain't spoke to me in over 2 months."

Earl spits, sips his beer and says: "Better think it over... women like that are hard to find."

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