SIP Leader: Fotios Deligiannis, Sofia Mouseti (AUA)
Sector: Arable and Fruit/Field and fodder crops, grapes
Countries Involved: France
AUA: SIP leader, ADS provider
Farmers involved: 15 CUMA managers/farmers (engaged
from FRCuma and the national CUMA Federation)
The necessity for sustainability
EU farmers, especially those involved in small and medium farms, have a low rate of ADS (Agricultural Digital Solution) adoption. This is partially due to the high cost of adaptation of ADSs. Thus, smallholders have doubts regarding the benefit of adopting ADSs. ADS needs to have a higher level of trust among small and medium-sized farmers, and one way of achieving that is by offering farmers the chance to increase their digital literacy.
How will SIP8 address the challenge?
The Agricultural Digital Solutions (ADSs) will be made more available to small farms through a dedicated web platform. There, farmers will be able to check on the availability of equipment and ADSs (machinery, sensors, DSSs), but also share the same type of information, as well. This exchange of information and experience on the performance of each solution will ease the ADS adoption process and facilitate an open and transparent space for building a healthy agricultural environment fit for today’s needs. SIP 9 will use a web platform and agricultural machinery.
The SIP 9 business and governance model centres around cooperative purchase of equipment CUMA. “my CumaLink” is provided at no charge to all CUMA members in France, while the expenses for equipment rentals are covered by farmers. Governance issues revolve around power relations, data sharing and control, as well as regulations governing technology utilisation.
The measurable results expected from SIP9 are farmers having access to ADSs through the enhanced “myCuma Link” platform: >225.000, guidelines for reproducing the CUMA model and platform to new countries: ≥2 countries.