International Standardization Roadmap Smart Farming
As global challenges in agriculture require worldwide cooperation and common guidelines, a Smart Farming Standardization Roadmap is currently being developed at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The aim is to provide a strategic roadmap for international standardization in the field of smart farming for the future. For this purpose, the standardization landscape around smart farming along the entire food value chain and with regard to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be analyzed and examined for gaps in standardization. Recommendations for action will also be derived from this work.
The Standardization Roadmap will analyze the standardization landscape within nine globally relevant topics: Crop Production, Livestock, Urban Farming, Terminology and Semantics, Social aspects, Supply Chain, OEM, Climate Adaptation and Environment, and Data. Here you will find a graphical overview of the topics.
A "Smart Farming" strategic advisory group (ISO SAG Smart Farming), established specifically for this purpose, is developing the contents of the Standardization Roadmap at ISO. DIN and the American standards setter ANSI are jointly leading the ISO SAG Smart Farming. The Smart Farming International Standardization Roadmap is expected to be published by the end of 2022.
How does the ISO SAG Smart Farming work?
Experts from 27 countries will work together in the ISO SAG Smart Farming. Each ISO member interested in participating has nominated an expert to serve on the ISO SAG Smart Farming core working group. These experts will introduce national content and interests on behalf of their respective countries.
At the first meeting on November 2, 2021, the nine main topics were identified, and these will now be addressed in sub-working groups.
Since national interests must of course also be bundled and brought forth at the international level, the national steering group Interoperable Agri-Food Systems has been established at DIN in Germany. Stakeholders from politics, industry, research institutes, as well as consumer groups and society as a whole collaborate here to support the activities of the SAG at the national level in terms of content. The national steering group develops content, which is then introduced into the main working group of the ISO SAG Smart Farming via the German expert.
How can I get involved?
The International Standardization Roadmap created by the ISO SAG takes a holistic approach. This means that not only agricultural production is considered, but also the upstream production of the resources used and food distribution. This will allow the full potential of smart farming technologies in the food value chain to be examined. A field as large and constantly expanding as smart farming depends on cooperation among the various institutions and experts.
The sharing of ideas among all stakeholders thus takes on an even greater importance. Any interested parties have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the ISO SAG Smart Farming using the cooperative platform DIN.ONE. Content that has already been developed by the national steering group is made available here, where it can then be discussed and commented on by a broader specialist public in working groups. This is also where experts from the various interest groups work together with the aim of capturing as broad an opinion as possible and incorporating different perspectives.
If you would like to get involved and share your expertise on this topic, the GFE Smart Farming team would be happy to help get you started. Additional information on the work of ISO SAG Smart Farming and the various opportunities for participation can be found here.
ISO also provides information about smart farming and the work of ISO SAG on its website .