In a Norwegian context, the key to optimize land productivity is to develop and implement technologies suitable for smart and multi-scale agriculture improving the input mix of labour and technology. The SmaT procjet address development, adaptation and utilization of new technologies (e.g. robots and drone technologies, precision agriculture etc.) in Norwegian agriculture.

SmaT, will

  1. Perform a screening of ongoing technological developments among producers, in research and among other innovative environments, and perform an Technology Readiness Level assessment of relevant technologies;
  2. Study the socio-technological interfaces of selected technologies and perform an assessment of the technologies Societal Readiness Level;
  3. Study market developments and opportunities through an transdisciplinary collaboration between Mære agricultural school, Felleskjøpet Agri, innovative farmers, and the academic partners at Ruralis and NTNU;
  4. Synthesise through an overall SWOT analysis and an innovative combined readiness assessment.
  5. Utilise a technology innovation program with a specific triple helix methodology where actors from the public sector, industry and academia comes together to actively develop and promote innovation.

This give leverage to explore the potentials and hindrances of new technologies for Norwegian agriculture.

The SmaT project consist of a team of experienced researchers, innovative key personnel, and young promising researchers from Ruralis – Institute of rural and regional research; NTNU, Centre for technology and society; Felleskjøpet Agri SA; Mære agricultural school, Centre of agriculture, climate change and energy; Norsk landbrukssamvirke (the umbrella organization for Norwegian farm-owned cooperatives); and Landbruk21Trøndelag, an innovation program in mid-Norway. In addition innovative and technology-oriented farmers will be involved through demonstrations and user groups.

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