DIH AGRIFOOD COOPERATION PLATFORM
is an open, free, participatory and facilitation based networking platform!
About DIH AGRIFOOD
Digital Innovation Hub - DIH AGRIFOOD is a »One-Stop-Shop«, providing digital transformation services to organizations (farmers, farmer associations, food producers, food supply chain actors, solution providers) through a Multi-ActorApproach (MAA) to provide safe, sustainable and quality food, while considering economic, environmental and social aspects and implications of food production and delivery.
DIH AGRIFOOD horizontal areas of intervention
Awareness creation about digital technologies is highly important for farmers to understand why and how new technologies should be implemented and what are their consequences. Highlighting the benefits, threats and challenges of digital transformation is a key factor in farmer’s acceptance and mobilization.
Innovation scouting & Technology Transfer
Identification and mapping of solution providers on one hand and identification of needs and farmers/food producers on the other hand, is one of the most important DIH services. There are all sorts of technologies already available to take and implement, however the challenge is how to effectively bring them closer to implementation by the target groups.
Develop strategies & business models
Farmers and food producers need to understand how new technologies affect their business models, which technology to deploy and why. How to choose the right technology and what are the economic benefits for the farmer are key questions to answer prior to deployment. On the other hand, solutions providers (Startups and SMEs)need to develop their own business models when placing new products on the market.
Financing & Funding
Farmers, food producers and solution providers (Startups and SMEs) need financial support for digital transformation and deployment/development of innovative digital products and services. The key question is how we can motivate them to adopt new technologies at a faster pace, thus not losing on competitiveness if they fail to do so. DIH is providing access to funding through European projects, cascade funding opportunities, investors and other financial sources.
Mentoring & Training
Famers and food producers need knowledge about digital technologies and how technologies will change their life and work, which can be shared through existing and new mentoring and training methodologies/channels. In order for them to understand the complex world of digital technologies and their benefits, we need to find new ways of providing mentoring and training, which is more and more focused on the ‘’see and feel’’ type of training.
Farmers believe only if they can see it and feel it. The living lab infrastructure brings together successful use cases from all over Europe, showcasing existing technologies implemented in real-life environment, so that interested target groups can get all relevant information about and around those technologies.
Cooperation with other DIHs & Networks
Collaboration with other DIHs and networks is a key for more efficient deployment of all other DIH services. It is important to have an international overview when considering the transfer of knowledge and technologies, financing/funding opportunities and business development prospects.