Smart Agrifood

Work Team


In a nutshell, the term Smart AgriFood identifies a vision of the future of the agricultural and food supply chain according to which digital technologies will enable the entire sector to increase its competitiveness.

Within this context, Smart AgriFood Observatory is focused on being the reference point in Italy, with comprehensive understanding of all aspects of digital innovation (processes, infrastructural, applicative, HW and SW) that are transforming agricultural and food supply chains, combining main areas of required expertise: economic and operational; technologic and agronomic.

The Observatory’s goal is to convey Research results to decision makers, initiating opportunities for stakeholders to meet and debate, to promote communication and value innovation and develop culture by spreading information and knowledge about digital innovation for the supply chain activity.


Activities for the 2018 edition of the Observatory are:

  • A Research path agreed to by Partners of the initiative, aimed at identifying main areas of innovation and resulting impacts on the agricultural and food chains through investigations conducted with the companies involved and more appropriate methodologies (cost-benefit evaluations, quantitative analyses, case studies, etc.)
  • Multiple meeting and debate opportunities:
    • A research set-up workshop for the Observatory community (Research Partners and Sponsors, Workgroup supporters, demand side companies active across the entire agrifood chain);
    • A minimum of three mid-term update and opinion sharing workshops exclusively for the Observatory community, focused on discussing preliminary Research results and establish moments of effective debate;
    • A public Conference to present Research findings, with round table discussions and keynotes attended and delivered by Observatory partners, and other leading players of the Smart AgriFood world;
  • A public event to present the results of the Research, enhanced by the keynotes delivered by Observatory Partners and other lead players of the Smart AgriFood sector;
  • Addresses delivered at Trade sector association events and at the most important trade fairs, dedicated to some of the vertical themes of the Observatory’s Research;
  • Publication of: a) a printed report containing a summary of the main results of the Research of the Observatory and handed out during the Conference b) several "vertical" Reports, in digital format, with specific insights on the individual topics covered;
  • Weekly dispatch of a selection of significant messages extracted from the news and from researches, analyzed by the Smart AgriFood Observatory;
  • Distribution of Research results and extensive communication through Media.


The 2018 edition of the Observatory’s Research focuses on the following objectives and thematic areas.


  • Main “knowledge” goal focus of the Research activity *:
    • Agriculture 4.0 (managing an agricultural company, irrigation, targeted fertilization, remote monitoring of crops, livestock, machines, etc.);
    • Dematerialization of procedures and "de-bureaucratization" (Receipt and electronic Certificates, Management of Disciplinary, agrifood certification processes, etc.);
    • Digital traceability and certifications (product life cycle monitoring, anti-counterfeiting, agricultural and cattle production tracking, etc.);
    • Digital tools aiding quality improvement and to enhance the value of food quality (i.e.: food safety, environmental and social sustainability, guarantee of origin, animal welfare, … );
    • Role of startups in the digital innovation process in the Agricultural and food sector;
    • Strategic management and operational valorization of AgriFood data.


  • Main study themes *:
    • Main “knowledge” goal focus of the Research activity *:
      • Identify main emerging application and technological fields in the agrifood sector;
      • Analyze the adoption of digital technologies by agrifood sector companies;
      • Quantify the value of some of the major components of the Smart AgriFood market in Italy, identifying also their main growth drivers;
      • Measure and evaluate the impact of introducing Smart AgriFood models at single “supply chain” level, and entire Economic System level.


    * Research themes and goals will be consolidated, together with the Observatory community, at the Kick off meeting.

Sponsorship opportunities

Every year more than 300 companies join the Digital Innovation Observatories activities, getting in touch with the corporate, institutional and academic decision makers

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Partners and Sponsors

For further information, collaboration and support requests for the other Smart AgriFood Observatory research, please contact Filippo Renga (email: filippo.renga@polimi.it), or Damiano Frosi (email: damiano.frosi@polimi.it).

      • tools aiding quality improvement and to enhance the value of food quality (i.e.: food safety, environmental and social sustainability, guarantee of origin, animal welfare, … );