The #DigitAg international strategy is based on two key pillars: research and training
As a member institute of the i-site MUSE Montpellier University of Excellence, we want to create a new research and training community and to be recognised as one of the three leading international centres for digital agriculture.
Our goals: supporting the design of “digital ecosystems” in the countries and regions identified and diversifying through an international network and “International #DigitAg” centres. These local structures are necessary to develop a viable digital agriculture. They will be drivers of local innovation and jobs for the skills developed. Most of the agricultural sectors and models found throughout the world are concerned, including family farming, in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
We want to:
§ foster the hosting and exchange of researchers between member laboratories and other countries in the #DigitAg international network, incoming student mobility and outgoing mobility of our researchers to identified centres of excellence, double degree schemes and the labelling of masters and theses
§ develop collaborative research projects
§ engage in teaching partnerships, for Masters and training courses in the global North and South
§ take part in innovation locally through local companies and incubators.
We want to strengthen the international collaborations and partnerships of our members, and we will also be open to proposals on emerging collaborations, in the global North and South.
Our immediate circle is made up of partnerships between our member establishments and those of MUSE – Montpellier University of Excellence and the rest of the world:
- These pools of partners are identified according to the major North and South zones, and to continents or major regions (sub-Saharan Africa, Mainland Southeast Asia, Latin and Central America).
- A second circle is being formed by including in our international network other stakeholders targeted because of their specific skills, belonging to other networks.
We are building our community by conducting in these countries and regions actions that converge with and complement those proposed by the structuring mechanisms and framework agreements of our members. Our incentive actions will support this process (financing incoming and outgoing mobility of researchers, teachers, PhD students, etc.).
In the major zones identified, national or regional incubators are already supporting emerging companies in digital agriculture. Exchanges, linkages and support for “digital ecosystems” by #DigitAg will make it possible to share experience and to compare different incubation processes within our network.
Contact : Pascal Bonnet, International: Relationships – pascal.bonnet [AT] cirad.fr
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