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Internet of Food and Farm 2020

Project description

Empowering European food chains with IoT innovation

Europe’s food industry faces pressing challenges of ensuring sufficient, safe and healthy food while maintaining competitiveness. To tackle these issues, the EU-funded IoF2020 project will lead the charge in accelerating the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. With a consortium of 73 partners, including Wageningen University & Research and previous key project partners, IoF2020 aims to foster a symbiotic ecosystem of farmers, food industry stakeholders, technology providers, and research institutes. Through 19 use cases across 5 trials, the project will demonstrate the business potential of innovative IoT solutions for various agricultural sectors. By prioritising user acceptability, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable business models, IoF2020 will pave the way for data-driven farming, autonomous operations, virtual food chains, and personalised nutrition for European citizens.


The IoF2020 project is dedicated to accelerate adoption of IoT for securing sufficient, safe and healthy food and to strengthen competitiveness of farming and food chains in Europe.
It will consolidate Europe’s leading position in the global IoT industry by fostering a symbiotic ecosystem of farmers, food industry, technology providers and research institutes.
The IoF2020 consortium of 73 partners, led by Wageningen UR and other core partners of previous key projects such as FIWARE and IoT-A, will leverage the ecosystem and architecture that was established in those projects.
The heart of the project is formed by 19 use cases grouped in 5 trials with end users from the Arable, Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables and Meat verticals and IoT integrators that will demonstrate the business case of innovative IoT solutions for a large number of application areas.
A lean multi-actor approach focusing on user acceptability, stakeholder engagement and sustainable business models will boost technology and market readiness levels and bring end user adoption to the next stage.
This development will be enhanced by an open IoT architecture and infrastructure of reusable components based on existing standards and a security and privacy framework.
Anticipating vast technological developments and emerging challenges for farming and food, the 4-year project stays agile through dynamic budgeting and adaptive decision-making by an implementation board of representatives from key user organizations. A 6 M€ mid-term open call will allow for testing intermediate results and extending the project with technical solutions and test sites.
A coherent dissemination strategy for use case products and project learnings supported by leading user organizations will ensure a high market visibility and an increased learning curve.
Thus IoF2020 will pave the way for data-driven farming, autonomous operations, virtual food chains and personalized nutrition for European citizens.

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Net EU contribution
€ 10 630 076,33
6708 PB Wageningen

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 10 630 076,33

Participants (88)