Future of Farming: Big data and precision agriculturePublié le 2 septembre 2016 par agriDées

This page in French, here.

BCG_MAST_PS_BWThe British Embassy and the French think tank saf agr’iDées are organised this event in partnership, with an exclusive international perspective on the uses of Big data in agriculture. New developments in the sector, with the help of innovative technological solutions, are supporting a move towards an increasingly measured form of agriculture, or precision agriculture. Thus, more and more public and private stakeholders are developing new models to collect and process agricultural data, which in turn benefit every stage of the value chain, from producers to consumers. Our panel discussions and international speakers will highlight several of these initiatives, both individual and collective, which aim to provide solutions to the current economic, social and environmental sustainability challenges.


In order to promote further discussion, a networking business lunch was scheduled with stands showcasing UK and French companies and start-ups specialising in Big data and smart agriculture.









9:00: Coffee and registration

9:30: Welcome session
Susan LE JEUNE D’ALLEGEERSHECQUE, Chargée d’Affaires, British Embassy in France
Member of  the Board of saf agr’iDées and Director General of Axema 


9:40: National strategies in the UK and France

Stella D’ITALIA, Assistant Director, Agri-tech policy, BEIS

Cyril KAO, Deputy Director, Research, Innovation and International Cooperations, French Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry

10:00: Round Table 1: International approaches to Big Data in Agriculture
Chair: Philippe LECOUVEY, Director General, ACTA – France

  • Pr. Raj KHOSLA, Founder of the International Society of Agriculture of Precision, US
  • Pekka PESONEN, Secretary General, COPA – European Farmers Organisation
  • David FLANDERS, CEO, Agrimetrics – UK
  • Jorg RUHLE, International Business Development Manager, 365FarmNET – Germany
  • Anne-Laure NAVEOS, External Growth Director, Partnerships and Digital, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa – France


11:30: Pitching session – Applications for Big Data and technology solutions for Precision Agriculture

A selection of UK and French companies and startups pitch their products and services, including:


12:00: Networking business lunch
Stands showcasing UK and French companies and start-ups.


13:30: Round table 2: New instruments for Precision Agriculture
Chair: Clive BLACKER, Precision Agriculture Specialist, Department for International Trade – UK


15:00: Closing Speech
Professor Ian BOYD
, Chief Scientific Adviser to DEFRA


15:30: Close