Regional Forum for e-agriculture

13-15th of November, Novi Sad, Serbia

Agenda extended version


Day 1

13 November 2017, Monday        

9:00 – 14:00 Arrival and Registration
  Arrival of international participants and registration of conference participants. Company registration and setting up exhibition stands


14:00 – 14:30 Opening ceremony
  High official’s speech of the hosting country on the importance of e-agriculture. FAO speech on e-agriculture and the aim of the Forum. GGP representative speech on e-agriculture and what will be happening in the next 2 days of the Forum.
Speakers Representative of Vojvodina government


Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia


Aleksandar Cherepnalkoski, President of Green Growth Platform, Macedonia


14:30 – 16:00 High-level officials’ round table
  High governmental officials, institutional representatives and representatives of the business sector will discuss issues in the area of policy, institutional capacity, infrastructure, business environment and academia as key aspects for holistic approach in more dynamic introduction of e-agriculture on the central, regional and farm level. Specific aspect of the discussion is how a national e-agriculture strategy can contribute to achieving national agricultural goals that include development of sustainable food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation and improving the livelihoods of rural communities, including smallholders and family farmers, men and women. A background paper aiming at assisting the countries to prepare their statements is prepared and distributed prior the session.
Speakers Representatives of the ministries of agriculture from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, TFYR Macedonia, UNMIK Kosovo;


Representatives of the ministries of telecommunications from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, TFYR Macedonia, UNMIK Kosovo


Darko Konjevic, Ministry for Agriculture, Government of Montenegro


Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional

Representative for Europe and Central Asia; TBD


Goran Popovski, President of the Managing board of the Macedonia ICT Chamber – MASIT


Representatives of the Banking sector of WBC TBD


Darko Gebaei, CTO, Agrivi


István Harmati, CEO, Krivaja DOO


Dimitar Trajanov Ph.D., Head of Departments for Information Systems and Network Technologies (former Dean), Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Macedonia


Grigoris Chatzikostas M.Sc., Head of business development department, Biosense


Milan Solaja, ICT Claster Vojvodina, Serbia


Sanja Bugarski, General secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Serbia


Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, Vojvodina Government, Serbia


Moderator Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova FAO Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing Officer and Sophie Treinen, FAO Information and Knowledge Management Officer


16:00 – 16:30 Press Conference
  Local and international media will be present to cover the introduction of the event and take statements from high-level officials and key experts.



16:30 – 18:00 Reception cocktail and networking



Day 2

14 November 2017, Tuesday

                                        STREAM I – Conference sessions


9:00 – 9:30 Conference registration


9:30 – 10:30 Panel discussion: The status of e-agriculture in the region and the needs for improved enabling  environment
  E-agriculture offer the unprecedented opportunities for accelerating agricultural development, however appropriate enabling environment is needed to realize the technology potential. The panel will raise awareness on good practices at policy level existing in the region with particular focus on business sector and smallholder and family farms in Western Balkans. 
Presentation topic Status on e-Agriculture in Western Balkans
Speakers Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova FAO Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing Officer
Presentation topic E-Agricultural technological potentials in Central and South-East Europe
Speakers Blagoja Mukanov M.Sc., Chief consultant, AgFutura Technologies, TFYR Macedonia
Presentation topic Hungarian digitalization strategy including agricultural sector


Speakers Aniko Juhasz
Presentation topic Making farmers’ cooperative stronger based on ICTs
Speaker Daniel Azevedo COPA-COGECA representative
Presentation topic What ICTs in Agriculture bring for the future agriculture
Speaker Davide Guariento M.Sc., Project Manager, Biosense, Serbia
Presentation topic The perspective of EU research: Reflections from the EURAGRI workshop “Big data in agriculture: consequences for research and research organizations”
Speaker Pascal Bergeret, EURAGRI
Moderator Sophie Treinen, FAO Information and Knowledge Management Officer


10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break


10:45 – 16:30 Thematic sessions
  Thematic sessions include presentation and discussion on specific agricultural topics with an e-agriculture perspective. In this part of the event four thematic sessions in two parallel streams will be performed. Participants should choose the sessions that they prefer to participate in during the registration process. The sessions will be composed by short presentations aiming at catalyzing the discussions. The audience will be divided in working groups that will work on identifying challenges, opportunities and recommendations.


10:45 – 12:15 Sustainable intensification of agricultural production
  If global population and food consumption trends continue, by 2050 the world will need 60 percent more food than it is available today. Because arable land is limited, most of this additional production will have to come from sustainable agricultural intensification. FAO has shown that 80% of the needed production increase should come from the advancement of agricultural research, education and extension aligned with the innovation ecosystem. The objective of the session is to demonstrate e-agricultural solutions contributing to sustainable intensification of production; discuss challenges and propose recommendations for improved access and adoption of ICTs in agricultural sector in WBCs.
Presentation topic The use of drones in the agricultural production – global and regional perspective
Speaker Bojan Micovic, Director, Livona, Serbia
Presentation topic Site specific Crop Management (SSM)
Speakers Vince Lang Ph.D., CEO, Agridron, Hungary
Presentation topic Digital technologies in Pest Management


Presentation topic



Stakic Davor, HOYA, Slovenia


“The Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) used as an effective monitoring service for the agricultural production”

Rudy Favaro, Business development department, Abaco SpA, Italy

Moderator Blagoja Mukanov  FAO consultant, M.Sc., CEO, AgFutura, TFYR Macedonia


10:45 – 12:15 ICTs assisted Food Systems
  With increasing globalization, agriculture as an independent sector is becoming increasingly just one part of an integrated value chain. The value chain exits both upstream and downstream, or from production through processing and sales to consumption and food waste and loss management and form an integrated food system.

The session will explore e-agriculture solutions, platforms and applications that go beyond simply contributing to production increase and help market inclusion, nutrition, food loss and waste management, food safety and traceability along value chain. It will discuss challenges and propose recommendations for improved access and adoption of ICTs in agricultural sector in WBCs.

Presentation topic 1 Food waste in WBC Food systems
Speaker Cameron Bertel, US Peace Corps
Presentation topic 2 “ABACO’s integrated Platform for the supply chain. A single view on all data for traceability and quality production”
Speaker Doriana Gajda, Business development department, Abaco SpA, Italy
Presentation topic 3 Traceability on Food System and integration of small farmers


Presentation topic 4

Ziga Drev, Origin trail, Slovenia


Development of an individual identification and traceability system for meat processing of indigenous bovine animals

Speaker Laszlo Papocsi, GAK, Hungary
Moderator Nikola Trendov M.Sc. Assistant professor at Faculty of Agriculture, University Szent Istvan, Hungary


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break


14:00 – 15:30 ICT assisted Climate smart agriculture
  Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that helps produce sustainably under the pressure of climate change, build resilience to disasters and reduce green gas emissions. Open data are playing an increasing role in providing weather and climate data as public good. The session will embark on examples of e-agriculture solutions and discuss challenges and recommendations.
Presentation topic 1 The impact of Climate Change on the WBC Agriculture and South East Europe
Speakers UNDP expert- TBD
Presentation topic 2 Climate smart Agriculture – Solutions and impact
Speakers Senka Gajinov M.Sc., Product Manager, DUNAV NET, Serbia
Presentation topic 3 Green gas reduction and meteorological data


Presentation topic 4

Institute for meteorology Serbia


Online tool to monitor the increase of soil carbon through improved tillage practices according to Gold Standard requirement

Speaker Laszlo Papocsi, GAK, Hungary


Moderator Sophie Treinen, FAO Information and Knowledge Management Officer


15:30 – 16:30 Empowerment of smallholders and family farmers through ICTs
  ICTs can help smallholder and family farmers (FAO, 2014) coordinate their planning and monitoring of production and marketing systems by virtually aggregating data, without cooperatives having to take over the land or do the decision making for their farms. Access to credit, financial and insurance services for smallholders and family farmers has been a major constraint to improving their farming and incomes. With the increasing availability of mobile phones and the internet, smallholder farmers can now access financial services much more easily. The World Development Report 2016 found that these ‘digital dividends’ are not automatic and that not everyone benefits equally. This is because the analogue capacities which are needed to enable these benefits – adequate policies and regulations, newly required skills and accountable institutions – are not equally present everywhere. On top of that, a lack of infrastructure (electricity, connectivity) still prevents a large number of people of being digitally connected to the rest of the world.

The session will explore e-agriculture initiatives and solutions serving the needs of smallholders and family farms in WBCs and discuss challenges and possible recommendations.

Presentation topic 1 Single window project –Albania
Speakers Petrit Dobi Ph.D., Rural association support program
Presentation topic 2 Agriteach 4.0 – Working with smallholder farmers though the VET system by using ICTs ERAMUS Project (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Macedonia)
Speakers Aranka Köblös, Galamb Jozsef Agricultural Secondary School
Presentation topic 3 Farmers’ cooperatives development based on ICTs – The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Speakers Jovana Sabljic M.Sc. Advisor for project development and implementation, Ministry of Economy County 10, BiH
Moderator Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova FAO Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing Officer


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 – 17:00 Reports from parallel sessions
  Working group results from each of the parallel sessions in the previous agenda will be presented by the moderators of each workshop. The presentations will be done in the main conference room.
17:00 – 18:00 Networking


STREAM II – Side events from companies and project presentations


11:00 – 13:00

17:00 – 18:00

Companies and project presentations
  Companies’ exhibitors and project representatives will perform 30min presentation for the ICT solutions/projects that they represent. Each presentation session should include a discussion as a feedback from the potential users. Separate conference hall will be dedicated for companies’/projects’ presentation for the ICT solutions /projects for farm management, pest management, weather monitoring, technology management, machinery management etc. Each company/project will have the opportunity to conduct 30minutes presentation.
Entire day Companies exhibition

Companies’ exhibitors will have exhibition stands where they can present their companies during the entire day.





Day 3

15 November 2017, Wednesday

STREAM III – On-farm exhibition (for subsidized participants)


9:00 Departure from Hotel Park


10:30 – 16/17:00 Field workshop – Farm Krivaja DOO
  Subsidies participants will have the chance to visit the farm Krivaja DOO where they will have the opportunity to see and experience different digital technologies and technologies in the area of precision agriculture. The exhibition is consisted of number of presentations of each production phase consisted of showing the use of the technology and equipment for each separate phase. 


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break


10:30 – 16/17:00 Field workshop – Focus groups
  Conference organizers will perform a so called focus group analysis with the subsidized participants. The focus groups will have the purpose to resolve a concrete farmer’s challenge and a part of the solution shall include e-agriculture.