AgriFood and data science

Case: FARM-IT

Meeting the demand for data professionals in the AgriFood sector by training talent

The FARM-IT project focusses on closing the gap on the labor market between demand and supply for data savvy professionals in the agri-food sector. JADS is involved in FARM IT through a minor agri-food, e-learning, professional education, collaborations

 

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The challenge

The FARM IT project aims to foster the use of data in the agri-food sector in order to realize innovations that achieve greater precision and efficiency. However, the challenge is not only technological in nature. A structural problem is increasingly visible on the labor market. There is too little knowledge of data among the vast majority of SMEs. Today’s employees are insufficiently trained in this matter. In the crossover between agri-food and data, demand and supply on the labor market do not match. There is therefore a need for a project that focuses on this challenge. The partners in FARM-IT take up this challenge.

What we did

JADS is involved in FARM IT through a minor agri-food, e-learning, professional education, collaborations in the field of agri and food with companies (Fruitmasters within the project, but in addition partners like Hendrik genetics, Unilever (including a PDEng program) connectingagriandfood, VAA, PIXEL farming and van de Borne potatoes, usually in close collaboration with the ADS group from prof. de Vlieg in Eindhoven). Finally, JADS has a fruitful collaboration with HAS and AVANS providing scientific underpinning of data analysis, guest lectures in our and their minor, and collaboration on the use of the data lab.

Outcome

The project results in further closing the gap on the labor market between demand and supply for data savvy professionals in the agri-food sector by training talent capable of organizing the agri-food innovation issues of the future, creating innovative forms of education with the expertise of various educational institutions with diverse domain knowledge (Agrifood, ICT) and realizing continuous learning lines of MBO-HBO-WO.

Making our food system more efficient and sustainable

“Digitization and data offer opportunities to make our food system more efficient and sustainable. In this project we will bundling developments in data science and A.I. and make them available . In this way we prevent companies and organizations from repeatedly reinventing the wheel. Training and connecting new data talent at MBO, HBO and WO level is inextricably linked to this.”
-Jakob de Vlieg, Professor of Applied Data Science and lead for AgriFood & Data at JADS

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Big data offers endless possibilities

“Big data offers endless possibilities. You just have to be able to read and understand data – and ask the right questions. We create value from data with the help of data science. For example, we develop data tools to make predictions. For example, to be able to sustainably produce enough safe and healthy food, ”
-Nadine Hol, Student at JADS

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More information

JADS drives sustainable food production in Regio Deal Northeast Brabant (Press release)

Feb 14, 2020 - Living and working comfortably in villages and the countryside. Innovation and sustainability of agriculture and food processing. New uses for empty stables. These are a few of the developments that will be made possible by the Regiodeal (Region Deal) Noordoost Brabant.

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