International work on smart farming

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Because global challenges in agriculture demand worldwide cooperation, the “ISO Strategic Advisory Group On Smart Farming” (ISO SAG Smart Farming) will be established in early November. This group has been tasked with describing the standardization landscape surrounding smart farming across the entire food value chain and with regard to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as examining the need for standardization. Based on this work, the group will formulate recommendations for action.

DIN and ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, will jointly lead the ISO SAG Smart Farming. The results of the group’s work will be published in an international standardization roadmap in Autumn 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 kick-off meeting on 2 November 2021, the group will identify the main issues seen as pertinent to smart farming along the entire food value chain and to fulfilling the SDGs. Several sub-working groups will then work on these topics further.

Since national interests must of course also be bundled and brought forth at the international level, the national smart farming steering group 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 accompany 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 ISO SAG Smart Farming works in a holistic manner, so 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.


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