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SMART agriculture for innovative vegetable crop PROTECTion: harnessing advanced methodologies and technologies

Project description

Advanced farming technology for crop protection

Integrated pest management (IPM) is based on the amalgamation of practices aiming to suppress pest populations. IPM is considered instrumental by EU agricultural policy for sustainable and competitive vegetable production. The EU-funded SMARTPROTECT project intends to develop a smart IPM solution that will offer advanced farming technology and data analysis. SMARTPROTECT will identify the needs of farmers and propose IPM methodologies to apply in daily practices in both open fields and greenhouses. SMARTPROTECT will create an e-platform that will gather, share, manage and distribute knowledge on IPM. The project’s results will be communicated through the online platform in interaction with EU, national and regional initiatives such as the National Rural Networks and the EIP-AGRI.


SMARTPROTECT is a thematic network focusing on cross regional knowledge sharing of SMART IPM solutions for farmers and advisors. The aim is to stimulate knowledge flow in the regional AKISs across the EU and connect these on the innovative potential of advanced methodologies for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in vegetable production, integrating precision farming technologies and data analytics. Through a well-balanced consortium and an emphasis on multi-actor approach the outcome of the project and exploitation of its results will stimulate an increased adaptation of IPM methodologies, taking the specific regional needs of farmers across Europe into account. The EU-wide concern for environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness for agriculture requires the entire agriculture sector to grow under IPM conditions. This project develops a basis for a common EU approach to collecting, sharing, managing and disseminating knowledge on IPM in order to maximise the knowledge flow. Farmers from different European regions will thus dispose of the latest knowledge, best practices and practical tools for the implementation of IPM in their daily practice in crops in open field and greenhouses. The project provides an e-platform for exchange on a variety of innovative IPM techniques. We will benchmark practices in the frame of their socio-economic and regulatory context, select those with a high innovation potential and disseminate them through participatory events including cross border exchange visits. Local and regional knowledge sharing will lead to interactive cross-regional seminars for farmers and advisors, resulting in a final SMARTPROTECT innovation rally. The project’s results will be deployed through a targeted communication and wide dissemination strategy, providing an online data sharing platform and close interaction with EU and national initiatives and projects, the National Rural Networks and the EIP-AGRI.

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Net EU contribution
€ 295 062,50
8800 Rumbeke Roselare

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. West-Vlaanderen Arr. Roeselare
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 295 062,50

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