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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 27 October 2014

EFITA newsletter / 667 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Raleigh company's drones may change agriculture industry
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Research Group on AgroICT & Precision Agriculture (GRAP) – University of Llerida

FIspace prepares its commerical exploitation
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RainWave Precipitation Monitoring Solution

Trimble Connected Farm Field and Advisor programs

Next Afia seminar
7 January 2015

Second Open Data seminar (weather data & pests-diseases data in crop and animal productions)

The Global Hunger Index (GHI)
The 2014 Global Hunger Index, now available from the International Food Policy Research Institute, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide, shows a steady decrease in hunger in most developing countries. However, levels of hunger are still “alarming” in 14 countries, and “extremely alarming” in Burundi and Eritrea. In addition, a staggering 2 billion people globally suffer from “hidden hunger,” or micronutrient deficiency. Hidden hunger holds countries back in a cycle of poor nutrition, poor health, lost productivity, poverty, and reduced economic growth. Sustainably tackling hidden hunger requires multisectoral action on all levels and a post-2015 framework that includes a universal goal to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and clear mechanisms to ensure accountability.

>>> Sample tweets
-The 2014 Global Hunger Index is now available! See how the countries ranked: @Concern @Welthungerhilfe #GHI2014

- 805 million ppl worldwide don’t get enough to eat but # of people going hungry has ↓ in most developing countries #GHI2014

- #Hiddenhunger can hold countries back in cycle of poor #nutrition, poor health & ↓ economic growth #GHI2014

- 2 billion ppl globally suffer from #hiddenhunger. @Welthungerhilfe @Concern & @ifpri examine in #GHI2014

Contact: Marcia MACNEIL
E-mail: m.macneil(a)

Here's hope for the bees: A manifesto
We need bees. As a beekeeper, an entomologist, a conservationist, an agribusiness scientist and a consultant, we humbly acknowledge that our jobs depend on them. As do much of your diet and our economy.

Bees are big business. The real economic value of bees comes from more than honey: it comes from pollination.

By some estimates, one-third of global food production relies on pollinators. Honey bees and other insects pollinate 80 percent of flowering plants — including almonds, apples, broccoli, strawberries and alfalfa for beef and dairy cattle.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, honey bees support $18 billion of America’s annual agriculture production. In economic terms, bees provide more value than chicken and come in below only cattle and pigs. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack got it right: “The future of America’s food supply depends on healthy honey bees.”

The news is filled with stories about declining bee health — even the potential collapse of bee populations altogether. The impact goes way beyond the beehive. Whole supply chains are at risk: big sections of the grocery store, entire menu categories at restaurants and significant numbers of consumer goods either go away or become a lot harder to produce.

For that reason, many of my peers and I have come together to form a new Honey Bee Health Coalition. Comprehensive solutions are out there, and we are dedicated to accelerating them. But we need your help.

(…) Leadership on this issue will take science-based research and innovation in four major areas: nutrition and forage, hive management, crop-pest management and cross-industry collaboration. Bees, like humans, need a robust and varied diet, so we are working to improve access to forage areas and to create new innovations in bee nutrition.

The Varroa destructor mite has become one of the biggest challenges to healthy hive management to emerge in our lifetimes, and we will invest in transferring technology, educating beekeepers and new research to address this and other hive management challenges.

Feeding an ever-hungrier planet requires a variety of pest-control products and practices. While much already has been done to reduce and improve pesticide use and application, more can still be done to improve best management practices, to help ensure healthy bee and other pollinator populations. Last, we need better collaboration among all of us who have a major stake in the role of bees in production agriculture, and the HBHC will provide that structure.

The coalition is already a big tent, but we want it to grow even bigger. We will work with governments at all levels, conservation and environmental groups, and other industry players. And we want to work with you. Wherever you are in the food chain, we need your help. Please join the HBHC. Together we can make sure we promote more than hope, actually restoring the thriving population of honey bees that is so vital to a thriving food supply and a thriving agricultural economy.


Signalé par Jean-Paul VIGNAL
Mél : jaypeevee(a)

BASF, an Industrial Pillar in Germany, Leans Abroad

My remark (GW): It is a shame for our Europe to observe quietly such a move. It seems to me that the solution is not to forbid it (!) but to (re) develop an environment that may favour industrial activities.

Ebola Case in New York City

My remark (GW): We see the governor of NY taking decision in a domain where its State has no real competence… like in Europe where everybody seems more competent than e.g. EFSA to evaluate GMO, or bisphenol A, shale gas, nanotechnologies, etc.


Modelia / Afia

>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
Voir :

Contact : François BRUN
Mél : francois.brun(a)

>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
Voir :
Contact : JP CHANET
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a)

Irritated men can be efficient

After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.

As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to him pulled out her cell phone and started talking in a loud voice:

"Hi sweetheart. It's Sue. I'm on the train".

"Yes, I know it's the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting".

"No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with the boss".

"No sweetheart, you're the only one in my life".

"Yes, I'm sure, cross my heart!"

Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.

When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into the phone,

"Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed."

Sue doesn't use her cell phone in public any longer.

Contact: Luc BECKER
Mél : luc.becker(a)

EFITA 2015
9 June 2015 - 2 July 2015
POZNAN (Poland)

EFITA 2015: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT innovation

E-mail: weres(a)

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