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Research and innovation

Digital transformation in agriculture and rural areas

Policy, funding opportunities, jobs, projects, publications and databases

Why does research and innovation on agricultural and rural digital transformation matter?

Digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise agriculture by helping farmers work more precisely, efficiently and sustainably.

Data-driven insights can improve decision-making and practices and help increase environmental performance while making farming jobs more attractive to younger generations.

Digital technologies also have the potential to offer consumers greater transparency as to how their food is produced. They offer opportunities to renew business models in value chains by connecting producers and consumers in innovative ways.

Beyond farming, digital technologies are key for making rural communities more attractive, smart and sustainable as well as for reducing problems related to remoteness and improving access to services.

Research and innovation is vitally important to facilitate and accelerate digital transformation in agriculture and rural areas for the benefit of European citizens and businesses.

The EU has been active in recent years undertaking research and innovation activities laying the ground for digitalised and data-empowered European agriculture and rural areas.

Strategic interventions support:

  • the uptake of digital technologies,
  • increased research and innovation investments,
  • crucial assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of digitalisation.

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas

Some digital transformation in agriculture and rural areas related calls may be found in this programme

Projects and results

Collaboration and jobs

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes

You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme