Test and develop agricultural technology prototypes in a test bed region in cooperation with local and national research and business partners

A Swiss organisation for economic promotion offers a platform to provide companies with the possibility to test and develop their innovation and technology in smart farming on real farms. This enables companies to develop their technology faster than testing in lab conditions and supports the acceptability of end users through joint tests. The Swiss organisation is looking for smart farming companies for research cooperation agreements.
Smart farming could become a prerequisite for future agricultural production to meet the steadily increasing global demand for food. The United Nations estimates that the world population will rise up to 9.6 billion people by 2050, with global food production expected to increase by 70% to meet the new needs. At the same time, however, agriculture is facing major challenges such as the limited availability of arable land, increasing demand for fresh water and the effects of climate change. One solution to these problems is the use of intelligent farming methods. Smart farming relies on information and communication technologies and new production methods to increase productivity. The Swiss organisation active in economic promotion offers a test bed region to develop innovations and technologies. This includes – amongst others – smart farming solutions like precision planting machines with GPS technology, drones, robots, and digital farm management. The cooperation will take the form of research cooperation agreements whereby the different partners sign a cooperation contract with goals, deliverables, time horizon, etc. Competencies and resources: - wide network of leading agricultural technology, machinery and equipment manufacturers and retailers - direct access to innovative farmers and their farms as test beds - liaison to regional and national research competence centres - financial incentives for innovative start-ups - forward vertical integration through cooperation with local packaging competence network
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The specific area of activity of the partner: Developer & manufacturer of agricultural technology, machinery, or equipment. The tasks to be performed by the partner sought: Provide an agricultural prototype that shall be developed in cooperation with research and business partners and tested with end users.
Stage of Development: 
Prototype available for demonstration
IPR Status: 
Secret Know-how,Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted,Patents granted,Trade Marks,Copyright
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