the globalisation of trade, consumers have become increasingly concerned
to know much more about the origins of their food and about the way agricultural
land is used. This is reflected in the demand for improved traceability from "farm to plate".
Thus, the objective of the project is to find out how and to what extent
we can trace the geographic origin of food at all the stages of production,
storage, processing and distribution.
Based on the example of agricultural geomatics applied to precision farming, the GeoTraceAgri project consortium proposes developing the relevant indicators, tools and methods for geographic information that will provide credible information for:
Anyone concerned about food security and environmental protection.
Farmers who are striving to farm sustainably to ensure that their farms remain viable and profitable.
Middlemen who want to secure their supplies.
The purpose of the GeoTraceAgri
project, then, is to define a methodology for the sampling, acquisition, utilization and processing of georeferenced data that will be used to generate agro-environmental indicators at various geographical scales.
first will be to define the indicators and determine the indicator classes
that are relevant to geographical traceability in agriculture. The various
geographical scales to be considered are: the plot; the field; the catchments
and the region for which the origin of the product is certified (Region
d'Appellation Contrôlée or AOC).
In the second stage, a reference system for geographical traceability will be constructed for selected agricultural sectors.
The third stage will involve the development of the computer infrastructure that will ensure the geographical traceability of the agricultural products.
Finally, the results will be disseminated and the way in which the GeoTraceAgri approach could be transposed to all agricultural sectors will be studied.
GTA Objectives and Methods
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