Online Workshop Session: Digital innovation for sustainable agriculture
Part of a series of online workshops by SDSN Switzerland and NRP 73 ‘Sustainable economy'
18.06.2020 | 16:00 – 18:00 | online via ZOOM
The costs and benefits of precision agriculture in small-scale agriculture
The NRP 73 research project of Prof. Dr. Robert Finger Digital Innovations for Sustainable Agriculture shows that precision agriculture and other "smart farming technologies" have the potential to make agricultural production more efficient, by producing the same amount or more food with fewer inputs such as fertilizers or pesticides. However, the costs and benefits of precision agriculture are not in a favourable ratio in a small-scale and diverse agriculture like Switzerland. The challenge lies in incorporating the environmental benefits of precision agriculture in the production decisions of farmers.
Objectives of the workshop
Presentation and discussion of research findings
Discussion of the implications of digital innovations for sustainable agriculture in Switzerland
Identification of the contribution of digital innovations to a sustainable agriculture in Switzerland
Formulate three calls to action and address them to specific stakeholders
15:45 | Participants join the online workshop
16:00 | Introduction by the facilitator
16:05 | Breaking the ice
16:15 | Input by the session leaders to set the scene
16:30 | Discussion in breakout rooms. Participants are invited to formulate two calls to action based on the research findings.
17:30 | Fishbowl discussion with the session leaders, experts and participants to validate and prioritize the calls to action and discuss how stakeholders can implement them.
18:00 | End of the session
Session leaders & Experts
Prof. Dr. Robert Finger, Agricultural Economics and Policy, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Achim Walter, Professor in Crop Science, Institute for Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zürich
Dr. Robert Huber, Agricultural Economics and Policy, Dep. of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich
Michael Feitknecht, Head of Plant Production / Member of the Executive Board, Fenaco
Martin Brugger, Stv. Departementsleiter, Schweizer Bauernverband
Dr. Bernhard Streit, Dozent für Verfahrenstechnik im Pflanzenbau, Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften
Further experts to be confirmed
Finger, R., Swinton, S., El Benni, N., Walter, A. (2019). Precision Farming at the Nexus of Agricultural Production and the Environment. Annual Review of Resource Economics 11: 313-335 >>
Walter, A., Finger, R., Huber, R., Buchmann, N. (2017). Smart farming is key to developing sustainable agriculture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 114 (24) 6148-6150 >>
Groher, T., Heitkämper, K., Walter, A., Liebisch, F., & Umstätter, C. (2020). Status quo of adoption of precision agriculture enabling technologies in Swiss plant production. Precision Agriculture https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11119-020-09723-5.pdf