What can Earth observation do for Sustainable Precision Agriculture?



Earth Observation, Big Data, IoT, Robotics, and Photonics are technologies which are being increasingly used by the agriculture sector. Their synergic use allows the shift to the new paradigm of Sustainable Precision Agriculture whilst enabling at the same time the development of the digital economy in Agriculture. The need for change towards this new paradigm is well acknowledged at EU level, as various papers and reports from EU Institutions provide good analysis and suggestions in this sense.




Watify, an awareness-raising campaign funded by the European Commission to stimulate the technological transformation of Europe’s industry, is organizing two matchmaking events in Tuscany on the topics of:

  • Photonics for agriculture (Florence, May 16th) and
  • Precision Farming technologies (Alberese, Grosseto May 17th)


What can you expect?


  • European-level Speakers: A plenary session rich of insight from experts and ongoing European supporting structures in the area.
  • Bilateral Meetings: Opportunity to initiate promising contacts in pre-arranged meetings. Learn how to get the most out of bilateral meetings in Watify matchmaking here.
  • Collaborative Brainstorming Sessions And Interactive Workshops: Conducted by high-level experts, opportunity to contribute in parallel working groups targeting different technology domains.
  • Technology Showcasing: Presentation of products and services in a dedicated area for an exhibition.




Register (deadline 11th May 2018)


Involvement of NEREUS


NEREUS has been invited by its member region Tuscany (Italy) to ensure that space-based solutions are duly represented in both events.  


The NEREUS community has a long-standing interest in understanding how space technologies can make a difference for agriculture, looking at these benefits from the public user perspective: 


“When public authorities support the development and use of such technologies, it is because they enable them to acquire up-dated synoptic spatial information at multiple spatial scales in order which improves the effective management and planning policies. A large number of indicators relevant to such policies can be repeatedly and consistently remotely detected. Remote Sensing data has many attractive features in the context of agri-environmental instruments. It is generally accurate and objective; it can be tuned to specific areas and regions of widely-varying scales; and because it is sensed from space, it can present a wide range of relevant data synoptically and without infringing national sovereignty.”


  • How can Space make a difference for the Agriculture Sector? The diversity and cost-effectiveness of technological solutions to monitor agricultural systems and their surrounding environment are increasing rapidly. The EO/Copernicus Working Group, co-chaired by Prof. Valerio Tramutoli (University of Basilicata) and Dr. Branka Cuca (Politecnico di Milano), published an informative study illustrating concrete examples and effective solutions based on space technologies that are already in place across European Regions in the domain of Agriculture and Rural Development.