Eurospace coorganised a conference entitled “Agriculture: a new frontier for the European Space Policy”

Agriculture is recognized to be one of the sector for which the benefit of space services is the most promising. Data and services derived from space systems offer credible solutions to meet with future needs of farmers, as well as with opportunities and challenges the agricultural sector is facing due to the increased pressure on environment, the digitalization of economy, the deployment of connectivity in rural areas and the emergence of big data.

The revision of CAP post-2020 in June 2018 offers the opportunity to release the full potential of space technologies and services to address future CAP objectives in terms of modernisation, simplification, monitoring and greening, while maximizing the socio-economic and environmental impacts of EU resources allocated to the CAP.

In this context, Eurospace organized Tuesday 6 March with Eric Andrieu, MEP and S&D coordinator for Agriculture and Rural Development, a conference panel in the European Parliament on this very timely and crucial topic for the future of agriculture.

The purpose of the event, moderated by Lucas Buthion (Head of Eurospace Brussels Office), was to stimulate exchanges between the space and agriculture communities, so as to enrich ongoing institutional reflections on the future CAP and to best address the specific constraints of rural areas and future needs of famers. The audience was essentially made up of stakeholders from EU institutions, Member States and businesses working in the agriculture and space fields.

MEP Vincent Peillon first apologized on behalf of Eric Andrieu for not being able to attend the conference and welcomed all participant to the conference. Pierre Delsaux (Deputy Director General at DG GROW) delivered a key note speech, presenting EU space programmes EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus and some high-quality services these programmes already provide to agriculture. Panelists Hervé Pillaud (farmer and expert in digital farming), Dr. Maurice Borgeaud (Head of the “Science, Applications, and Future Technologies” Department, ESA), Gerard Dedieu (principal investigator, CESBIO/CNES) and David Hello (General Manager and CEO, TerraNIS) then presented their perspectives and visions of the subject.

A summary of the key points for discussions is available here.

PowerPoint presentations delivered by M. Borgeaud and G. Dedieu are available here.