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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 5 March 2012

EFITA newsletter / 555 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: guy.waksman(a)

A refreshingly new Dublin concept of "Finishing School ..."

Very glad you're able to keep up the good work on IT in Agriculture news
Contact: Hugh CRABTREE
E-mail: hugh(a)

Erratum: An international course on: Agricultural Engineering Technologies
23 October – 15 November - CINADCO's Training Centre, Volcani Agricultural
Complex, Israel

Contact: Irit PRIGOJIN
E-mail: veirit(a)

PIVIT (pig improvement via information technology)
The group of suppliers and producers in the UK pig sector involved have been able to secure funding to undertake two concurrent projects which are closely related but have no formal interdependency.

The first, called "PIVIT Yorkshire" involves 5 scale producers in the pig dense region of the UK each providing 1 - 3 productions sites, there are 12 in total. The focus is on the growing herd and crucially, the people involved in managing the process. All sites are being kitted out to monitor in real-time the environment, energy, water and feed use and this will be supported by a combination of training, knowledge transfer and technical support. The project duration is 2 years and is supported by the UK Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs.

The second project is undertaken under the UK Technology Strategy Board's Sustainable Protein Production programme. It is over 3 years and seeks to develop the tools necessary to help farmers get value from real-time production performance monitoring more easily. This will involve innovative analysis techniques to be developed in collaboration with Newcastle University and cloud computing technologies which will allow farmers to get what they want when they want it and how they want it. Mobile applications will come to pig farming in the UK!

We believe we are at last witnessing some genuine "market pull" for precision livestock farming technologies (in pigs) after almost 15 years of bleating about it in what has, at times, felt like a commercial wilderness. A major new institution launch related to precision farming is about to take place in the UK which we will be fully supporting. Not wishing to steal any of their thunder I expect many will know about it but I will report more formally in due course if Guy is not otherwise advised to carry a piece in this august news organ.


Contact: Hugh CRABTREE
E-mail: hugh(a)

International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) & Organic Eprints"
The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems [1] (ICROFS) was founded in 2008 as an expansion and continuation of the former Danish Agricultural Research Centre for Organic Farming (DARCOF, founded 1995), which the Danish Government decided to provide with an international mandate and an international board.
The vision of ICROFS is that "the principles of organic agriculture have become a global reference for sustainability in agriculture and food systems due to evidence based on research and adaptive management." ICROFS is a /centre without walls/, where the research is performed in interdisciplinary collaboration between research groups at different institutions and universities. The secretariat of ICROFS initiates, coordinates, and participates in national and international research activities in organic farming and food systems. It is also very active in disseminating organic research results and knowledge on the importance of organic food systems to the environment, nature and biodiversity, animal welfare, health, food safety and quality, economy, structural and market development as well as social significance. Moreover, the Centre promotes understanding of the characteristics of organic food systems and contributes to a knowledge-based development of organic food systems, nationally and internationally.

>>> Organic Eprints offers open access

ICROFS hosts and administrates Organic Eprints [2], the eprints-based Open Source archive for publications and information materials in organic research, which was founded by DARCOF in 2002. The Organic Eprints archive is a tool to further develop research in organic agriculture.
The main objectives are to facilitate the communication of research papers, to improve the dissemination and impact of research findings, and to document the research effort. In accordance with these objectives the archive is designed to facilitate international use and cooperation. Here, researchers can deposit and share their information with colleagues, students and stakeholders worldwide.
As by early 2012, the archive has more than 12 000 entries deposited from more than 50 different countries and 17 500 registered users. There are more than 5 000 daily visits to the archive from countries all around the world.
The archive includes not just refereed articles, books and reports but also /grey literature/ – from conference papers and proceedings to articles in farmers’ newspapers – and information about research programmes, projects and organisations.
Anyone, anywhere in the world can access the material in the archive through search engines, and sign up as a registered user in order to deposit their own work. Before a document is uploaded, a /national editor/ will
check that the papers are relevant to the subject and that the bibliographic data is correct. The user makes a declaration that they have the right to deposit the work. Where there is a copyright restriction on the deposited document, the depositor can make restrictions on access and, in that case, an interested user can request a copy directly through the system. As well as accessing the material in the archive, users can save searches and receive a weekly or monthly email notifying them of any new deposits made within that search area.

The archive has 23 /national editors/. Most of these are in Europe but Australia, Canada and Brazil are also represented. In addition, FiBL Research Institute of Organic Agriculture [3], Switzerland, and BÖLN Federal Organic Farming Scheme and other forms of sustainable agriculture [4], Germany, are partners and contribute to management and updating of the system.
Access to the whole range of material in Organic Eprints is especially valuable to those working in developing countries, where free access to expensive scientific publications may be rare. But even in Europe and North America where there is usually access to this type of publications, researchers state that they think one really good thing about Organic Eprints is that they can get all the /grey literature/ because usually conference proceedings can be difficult to access.
The success of the archive can also be seen in its position in rankings of scientific and institutional repositories. In a ranking of 100 repositories in Europe, Organic Eprints comes in at number 14, and of the world’s more than 1 200 repositories, Organic Eprints is at number 36.

Contact: Ilse A. RASMUSSEN
E-mail: IlseA.Rasmussen(a)

“Climate Smart Development in Asia“ (edited by Ancha Srinivasan, Frank Ling and Hideyuki Mori)
“Climate Smart Development in Asia is an important narrative on Asia’s current actions, motivations and leadership roles for a future that meets the multiple goals of development, energy, and climate resilience. This book provides a wealth of information and a critically needed framework for discussions of policy options. It provides valuable insights on financial, technological, and institutional solutions to the global climate problem in the context of economically viable and sustainable development perspectives.” Daniel Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley, USA

>>> Background:
Asia is rapidly becoming a major contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions. Also many countries in the region are highly vulnerable to impacts of climate change. With a growing consensus that there is limited time to avoid dangerous climate change, scientists, engineers, economists and policymakers worldwide have begun exploring how developing Asia can capitalize on the transition to a climate-smart development paradigm. Most discussions, however, have focused primarily on the transfer of technologies from developed to developing countries and have overlooked other equally important issues such as financing, governance, and capacity.

This book covers all critical aspects of climate-smart development and attempts to integrate both market-based and technology-based solutions into a comprehensive approach for creating a road map for low carbon, climate-resilient economies in Asia. It examines strategies, policies and incentives in selected countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy, transportation, land use, and buildings sectors. It also identifies policies that are essential to improve resilience to both current and future impacts of climate change. The book highlights technical, economic, financial, and institutional challenges and opportunities for realizing climate-smart development in Asia at the national and sub-national levels. How the international climate regime can facilitate appropriate enabling environment in developing Asia is also examined. It is hoped that the book will contribute to discussions on the theme of "green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or "Rio+20" and beyond.

>>> The book contains the following chapters:
Chapter 1 Climate smart development in Asia: An overview – Ancha Srinivasan, Frank Hiroshi Ling and Hideyuki Mori (pages 1-17)

Chapter 2 The potential for low carbon climate resilient economy (LCE) in Japan – Frank Hiroshi Ling and Junichi Fujino (21-40)

Chapter 3 The potential for LCE in India – Surender Kumar and Shunsuke Managi (41-56)

Chapter 4 Challenges and opportunities for LCE in China: A case study of policies for wind power development – Xiaomei Tan and Brett Rose (57-72)

Chapter 5 LCE in Indonesia: A review of national programs for climate mitigation and resilience – Frank Hiroshi Ling and Ancha Srinivasan (73-89)

Chapter 6 The potential for voluntary approaches to realize a climate smart economy: Private–public partnerships in Taiwan – Ju-Han Zoe Wang and Wen-Cheng Hu (90-106)

Chapter 7 Technologies for climate smart development: A case study of carbon capture and storage – Frank Hiroshi Ling, Xiangyang Xu and Ancha Srinivasan (109–125)

Chapter 8 Financing the low carbon energy sector in the context of future climate regime negotiations – Kentaro Tamura and Koji Fukuda (126-147)

Chapter 9 Enabling the transition to climate smart development in Asian cities – Heike Schroeder, Jun Li, Harriet Bulkeley, Carine Barbier, Jimin Zhao, Michel Colombier, Shu Yi Chu and Shibani Ghosh (148-183)

Chapter 10 Policy frameworks for climate smart development: The case of hydropower – Yadu Nath Pokhrel, Taikan Oki and Shinjiro Kanae (184-199)

Chapter 11 Bioenergy deployment for climate smart development:The case of biogas for cooking in India – Hoysala N. Chanakya and Patil Balachandra (200-216)

Chapter 12 Climate smart development in Asia: The way forward – Ancha Srinivasan and Frank Hiroshi Ling (219-243)

Contact: Ancha SRINIVASAN
E-mail: asrinivasan2009(a)

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Unemployement... and a new job

A retired man went into the Job Center in Downtown Denver, Colorado, and saw a card advertising for a Gynecologist's Assistant.

Interested, he went in and asked the clerk for details.

The clerk pulled up the file and read, "The job entails getting the ladies ready for the gynecologist... You have to help the women out of their underwear, lay them down, and carefully wash their private regions, apply shaving foam and gently shave off the hair, then rub in soothing oils so they're ready for the gynecologist's examination. The annual salary is $65,000, and you'll have to go to Billings, Montana."

"Good grief, is that where the job is?"

"No sir -- that's where the end of the line is right now!"

NB: Look at a map of USA to understand the joke.

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