Highlight of the day
Following the conference "agroequipment: can it contribute to agroecology?" organised by IRSTEA and INRA, today's conference focused on participants sharing their experiences in organic farming. French, European and international operators from the top to bottom of the agricultural supply chain provided insights and specific advice on converting to organic farming.
Organic farming: Why and how to commit to organic?
Raging success for the round Table offered by AXEMA and the SIMA, organised with Agence Bio, in partnership with Biofil.
Driven by rising consumption of organic products, the growth and dynamism of organic farming is increasing all the time. “Organic” remains the major growth factor for the food sector. With 85% of French consumers believing it is important to develop organic farming, there are many reasons for their enthusiasm: 91% believe it helps to preserve the environment, 89% believe it is good for health and 75% believe that organic farming creates employment.
SIMA AFRICAN SUMMIT : Agribusiness in Africa “Positioning agriculture as a business sector”
Second edition of the summit in collaboration with Farmer’s Weekly magazine (South Africa). Encouraging economic growth in rural Africa, mainly through agriculture and the agri-food industry, should be a priority of the African development agenda.
The topics covered was: increasing agricultural production through technology and mechanisation and building a dynamic agri-food sector in Africa. Hosted by Denene Erasmus, a renowned and multiple award-winning South African journalist and columnist from Farmer’s Weekly South Africa.
Symposium of the #CoFarming international association
But #CoFarming organised a symposium bringing together experts and initiatives in the field. #CoFarming brings together all of the platforms that enable farmers to share, exchange and organise themselves more effectively in order to regain competitiveness. This allows the exchanging and sharing of equipment, land, economic data or know-how between farmers or other players in the agricultural sector.
Intergenerational agricultural meetings
Organised by AIYANA, this round table discussed both innovative solutions to problems faced by retiring farmers and aspiring new entrants from non-farming backgrounds, and the psychological obstacles that sometimes need to be overcome within such collaborations: how to accept the coexistence of several types of agriculture? On the farmers’ side: how to accept that a project with a different vision from the one we have pursued all our lives does not call into question the value of our own work? On the new entrants’ side: how to accept that there is much to learn from “conventional” farmers?
SIMA hosted a hackathon in situ where coders and farming professionals worked together for 48 hours on the theme of “Agriculture and satellite data”.
Sponsored by La Ferme Digitale, this focus group aimed to create synergies between the various partners and start-ups with a view to developing innovative technological prototypes using satellite data.
Winner of this Hackaton: project Ohm sweet home by "Mes Parcelles"