DESIRA - Here we are!

Photo: Marina Knikel
In DESIRA – Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas – we are 25 partners from 16 Members States coming together to implement this 4-year project. Our main objective is to improve the capacity of society and political bodies to respond to the challenges of digitalisation in rural areas, agriculture and forestry by building a knowledge and methodological base that makes it easier to assess the past, current and future socio-economic impacts of ICT-related innovation.

DESIRA Kick-Off meeting (4-5 September 2019)

DESIRA is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to improve the capacity of society and political bodies to respond to the challenges that digitisation generates in rural areas, agriculture and forestry, and to provide a comprehensive assessment of both opportunities and threats. Know more...

The rural dialogues: The three conditions of rural digitalisation sustainability
In the context of DESIRA project, Gianluca Brunori argues that access, design and complexity are three conditions that define how rural digitalisation is unfolding, and if it is in line with the sustainable development goals. Read the full article

"Small is smart" - EIP Workshop (Bucharest | 29-30 October 2019)

Last October, Leanne Townsend (James Hutton Institute) participated in the "Small is smart" EIP workshop, where she introduced DESIRA project.
Know more... 

(Picture: "Small is smart  - copyright European Commission")

The digitisation of Agriculture: a Survey of Research Activities on Smart Farming
This is the latest scientific paper published by Manlio Bacco and colleagues from our project partner CNR. The paper outlines the increasing attention given to digitalisation, hence the need to understand the positive and negative socio-economic impacts it can cause.  Read the full article

Rural Development: Delivering well-being

The 12th OECD Rural Development Conference shared leading practices from across the world on how rural policies can support rural business to embrace new technologies and access global markets, deliver services and amenities in new ways, and mobilise rural assets  to create jobs. Source: ENRD

9th Thematic Group on Smart Villages (Finland, 19-20 November, 2019)

The ninth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Smart Villages took place in Finland, one of the countries that has advanced the most in preparing the support framework for Smart Villages in the next programming period. Source: OECD

Up to speed: the Welsh village that installed its own fast broadband

“Local people own and operate our network and everyone has a feeling that they are more part of a community than they ever have before”
Source: The Guardian

The 4th European Rural Parliament 2019

Over 300 participants from 38 countries, including rural people, civil society organisations, researchers, national governments and European Union institutions, expect "the Smart Village processes to benefit large rural areas throughout Europe". Source: European Rural Parliament

The 2019 EU Agricultural Outlook conference
10-11 December 2019
@Brussels (Belgium)

Farm & Food 4.0
20 January 2020
@Berlin (Germany)

10th Thematic Group Meeting on Smart Villages
22 January 2019
@Brussels (Belgium)

New skills for digital farming (EIP-AGRI seminar)
5-6 February 2020
@Aranjuez (Spain)

Salon International de l'Agriculture
22 February - 1 March 2020
@Paris (France)

Agriculture 4.0
10-11 March 2020
@Bangkok (Thailand)

Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA)
31 March 2020
@Brussels (Belgium)

2nd annual Agritech and Climate Smart Agriculture Conference
2-3 April 2020
@Krakow (Poland)

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