ImagineAgri: What role will we all play in digital agriculture in the future?

Innovations, big data, online services and training etc. Digital technology is shaking up (or revolutionizing) farming. From training to the economy, not forgetting support for and management of risks, the digital transformation is a growth driver for agriculture. The use of agricultural data is a significant challenge, as identified by Jean Marc Bournigal (Irstea President) in a report delivered to the Ministers in charge of agriculture and digital technology, which will make it possible to develop new practices for farmers. 

To discuss and imagine the digital agriculture of the future, the Ministry of Agriculture and its partners (including Irstea) have provided representatives of the farming industry, technical and research organizations and start-ups with the opportunity to participate in a joint seminar.

This half-day of discussions will allow everyone to work together to identify and prioritize services and applications that should be developed first across all their fields of activity: manufacturing, trading opportunities, risk management, exchange of best practices, training, etc.


  • 1pm: welcome and introduction by Véronique Bellon-Maurel, Director of the Environmental Technologies Department at Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) and David Lacombled - President of the think tank La Villa Numeris
  • 1.15pm: delivery of the study on social conversations carried out using the Social P/A tool: an analysis of over 100,000 posts during the period from March 6, 2016 to March 6, 2017, presented by Julie Poidevin (Treize Articles)
  • 2.30pm-4pm: 5 workshops, to be structured around key sets of needs that are central to farmers expectations and for which digital technology is already a significant influence.
    • AGROECONOMY: encouraging new methods of production and commercialization
    • RISKS: anticipating and managing health, environmental and climate risks
    • KNOWLEDGE: learning and sharing best practices
    • USERS: simplifying procedures and services
    • COMMUNITIES: creating social cohesion and engagement
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm: joint workshop presentation
  • 5:30pm: concluding statement by Minister Stéphane Le Foll

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