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EU Call for Proposals: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas

Proposals shall analyse the social and economic impacts of digitisation on agriculture and rural areas, looking into costs, benefits and possible trade-offs. Analyses shall distinguish the diversity of agricultural sub-sectors or farming systems and other activities in rural areas, including forest operations. They must cover a representative set of different rural contexts that exist across the EU, analysing the impact of the various policy settings. They shall fill knowledge gaps on the impacts of digitisation on agriculture and rural areas regarding at least: employment and quality of life, functioning of markets and value chains, competitiveness and scalable opportunities for agricultural and rural businesses and (re)deployment of public services. Beyond the impacts of past and ongoing developments, the action shall explore future scenarios for digitisation in the coming decades, characterising drivers and barriers which are likely to accelerate or hamper their respective development, as well as their respective impacts.

Dateline for submission: 11 September 2018 17:00:00 (Brussels time)

Illustration Photo: TerraSentia, a new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot (credits: Claire Benjamin / University of Illinois / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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