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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 30 October 2017

EFITA newsletter / 800 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Modelia / Afia

>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
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>>> Robotisation en agriculture : états des lieux et évolution
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 25 janvier 2017)
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 23 mars 2016)
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>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
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API Agro (10 février 2016)
La conférence "API-AGRO", organisée par l'Acta, a rassemblé plus de 150 personnes autour des API et de l'Agriculture Numérique... Revivez la conférence organisée par les partenaires du projet.
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
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>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
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>>> 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 :

Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

Sénégal : La ‘app’ senegalesa que revoluciona el comercio de productos agrícolas
La plataforma digital Mlouma facilita la compraventa 'online' de hortalizas en siete regiones del país y contribuye a poner fin a las pérdidas poscosecha.
En las zonas sin litoral, donde el acceso a Internet es un verdadero dolor de cabeza para la población, Mlouma funciona gracias al sistema USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data), que permite el acceso al mercado virtual desde teléfonos móviles sencillos gracias a un acuerdo con Sonatel (Orange), incluso sin conexión a la red.

Con el servicio USSD, los productores pueden cargar a la plataforma información sobre sus productos, mientras que los compradores tienen acceso a detalles sobre su disponibilidad y precio. Una vez recopilada, esta información es procesada y validada antes de ser publicada en el sitio web de Mlouma. "El agricultor solo tiene que marcar el número 112 en su teléfono móvil", explica el emprendedor Aboubacar Sidi Sonko, "luego sigue las instrucciones y paga una cuota de suscripción de unos 300 francos CFA (menos de 50 céntimos de euro) para buscar o publicar un producto". A finales de 2015 había unos 500 usuarios conectados a la plataforma, pero desde la incorporación del sistema USSD, Mlouma cuenta ahora con más de 100.000 usuarios.
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Sénégal : Bienvenue sur Mlouma, la plateforme qui connecte les acteurs du monde agricole !
- Mlouma est une plateforme web et mobile qui permet aux agriculteurs et aux industries agro-alimentaires de prendre la meilleure décision de vente ou d'achat de produits agricoles grace aux informations sur le marché que nous mettons à leur disposition en temps réel.

- Mlouma a pour vision d’être l'un des premiers fournisseurs africains de services web et mobiles dédiés à l'agriculture et au monde rural. Nous avons comme mission de connecter et fournir des informations agricoles fiables aux producteurs et aux industries agro-alimentaires en temps réel. Nous sommes une entreprise sociale dont le business model est basé sur des abonnements souscrits par les agriculteurs ou les groupements de producteurs ou des entreprises agro-alimentaires.

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The Farms of the Future Will Be Automated From Seed to Harvest
Precision agriculture is becoming robotic agriculture,” said Professor Simon Blackmore last year during a conference in Asia on the latest developments in robotic agriculture. Blackmore is head of engineering at Harper Adams University and head of the National Centre for Precision...

Our ambition is to cut the amount of herbicides in large fields by 80%
We are currently testing our precision weeding system with sprayer manufacturers.

Inventing the Future in Rural West Africa
5 Inventions from an African entrepreneur so simple they might just change the world

Turn your data into profitable decisions

Satellite imagery at your fingertips
Company signs agreement providing daily imagery for farmer-customers

Farmers Edge
In 2005, Farmers Edge began as the vision of agronomists Wade Barnes and Curtis MacKinnon. The two friends and soon-to-be business partners believed they could use technology to help growers improve crop production, while reducing waste and improving sustainability.
Together, the two set-out to explore the possibilities of Variable Rate Technology (VRT) alongside growers in Pilot Mound, MB, Canada. Over the next ten years, Wade and Curtis developed their version of VRT into a system that has helped thousands of farmers improve yields and cut wasted inputs across millions of acres.
Today, Farmers Edge has over 450 employees who specialize in data science, precision agronomy, GIS, hardware engineering, software development, soil science and sustainability. By remaining an independent and unbiased company, Farmers Edge supports growers around the world by providing industry-leading VRT, field-centric data management and analysis, along with reliable boots-on-the ground support.
We believe in the future of precision agriculture, and we’ve got a plan to lead the way.

450 employes / 12 years of experience / 5 Countries


GrainSense – A laboratory in the hands of every farmer
Measure the quality of your grains on the spot with GrainSense, and start making confident decisions based on data.

> Learn to know your grains
How much protein am I feeding to my animals? Am I paying the right price? Where should I sell my harvest? Am I getting the right price?

> Know how to manage silos
Never spoil your best yield with a lower quality batch.

> Measure grain quality before harvesting
In what order should I harvest? It’s just about to rain, which field should I harvest first?


ICT for agriculture, rural development and environment - Where we are? Where we will go? (Would you like to participate in a new edition?)

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2025: End hunger and malnutrition (CGIAR)

The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) finds that despite long-term progress in reducing hunger in the world, 52 of 106 countries for which data are available face serious to extremely alarming levels of hunger.

Ethiopia was able to reduce under-5 mortality by 69 percent between 1990 and 2013 by combining activities in health, nutrition, and non-health sectors, finds a case study in The Lancet Global Health.

The implementation of multisectoral nutrition as part of the African Nutrition Security Partnership in Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, and Uganda, as well as its strategies, tactics and challenges of boundary-spanning actors are documented in a study in the International Journal of Health Planning and Management.

To accelerate agricultural growth and poverty reduction, countries should invest in education, agricultural research and development, rural infrastructure, and health, concludes a study in Economic and Political Weekly that draws lessons from India’s experience.

Investing in climate-resilient agriculture not only improves food security but contributes to eradicating malnutrition, finds of a new report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Strengthening rural markets must be a key element in strategies to improve food security and dietary quality according to a new study in PLOS ONE that finds purchased foods play a larger role for dietary diversity than subsistence production.

The 2017 Global Agricultural Productivity Report finds that, for the fourth straight year, global agricultural productivity growth is not accelerating quickly enough to sustainably meet the demands of our growing world.

Manual weed control: Good old times when we had no glyphosate (I may be wrong but for years I told that in agriculture, pesticides had freed women when tractors and others machines freed men - GW)
Painter: Émile Claus

Next Efita
in Greece in 2019!

EFITA President: Michael Clasen
E-mail: michael.clasen(a)

Irish fun

Paddy & Mick find three grenades, so they decide to take them to a police station.

Mick: "What if one explodes before we get there?"

Paddy: "We'll lie and say we only found two."

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