Smart Farming 4.0 All and COVID-19

In the context of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and potentially other future crises, the innovation can contribute to strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of agriculture and forestry.\r\n\r\nLike everyone else, companies in the agricultural space are currently adapting to the “New Normal”. They are looking for ways to maintain operations in a world where social distancing is the norm, supply chains may be broken, and transportation has been upended. And they are searching for these solutions amid the worst economic climate we’ve seen in a century.\r\n\r\nTechnology and innovation have always played a role in the industry, but that role is now growing. Modern communication and collaboration tools are now a necessity in an industry that at times prefers to cling to the old way of doing things. Amid such disruption, efficiency may no longer be just an ambition. It could be essential to survival.\r\n\r\nIn particular, the COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance and resilience of the enhanced cooperation between the world of education and training and the world of work, the assisting people in the acquisition and development of basic skills and key qualities, as well as in improving the level of key skills and abilities in terms of their importance for the labor market and their contribution to the united society.\r\n\r\nThe Smart Farming 4.0 All project has been working on several activities that support this sector in terms of strength, resilience and adaptability, to make a significant contribution to the improvement of the agricultural sector in the countries of the European Union by promoting innovation, exchange of experience and know-how between the world of education and training and the world of work.\r\n\r\nPartners have come together to establish the Smart Farming 4.0 All consortium, in order to extensive field research addressed to a wide variety of relevant stakeholders and professionals, to create a Smart Farming Handbook and disseminate it freely to everybody interested, and to develop specific training curricula that will be utilized to train experts from the participating organizations as “carriers” of innovation, in order to be able to spread and mainstream this novel method back to their regions. Sharing knowledge and capacity development are among Smart Farming 4.0 All ’s priorities to build a collaborative ecosystem in EU with industrial partners, SMEs, scientists, policymakers, social representatives, and other relevant stakeholders.

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