Enabling Smart Livestock Farming Technologies for Environmental Sustainability using Blockchain
Farming livestock – cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens – contributes around 6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) to the atmosphere each year, which could represent up to 18% of global emissions. With the advent of Precision Farming, which uses new technologies to handle and manage farm information, economic returns can be improved and environmental impact can be reduced. As such, precision feeding is about getting the right nutrient to the right animal at the right time, which can increase feed efficiency and productivity and consequently improve farm profitability and lower emission intensity. The project proposes the integrated use of wireless sensor networks, data analytics and modelling that enable an efficient decision support system together with a state-of-the-art cloud solution supporting blockchain for livestock agriculture. By tracing the livestock feed and GHG emission, the FarmSustainaBl project will contribute to raising consumer awareness on the importance of low-GHG emission livestock produce as well as be able to optimize the production and lower the GHG emission in animal production systems.
Agricultural & Environmental Solutions PC, AGENSO, Greece
Beam Innovation SRL, BEAM, Romania
Division of Farm Structures and Agricultural Machinery, Agricultural University of Athens, AUA, Greece
Beia Consult International SRL, BEIA, Romania
SDU Software Engineering, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute, University of Southern Denmark, SDU, Denmark
Total requested funding
01.10.2019 - 30.09.2022
The FarmSustainaBl project held its kick off meeting in February 2020 in Athens. Partners from Greece, Romania and Denmark had a broad discussion on the goals of this project and how they are going to achieve them through their work. The FarmSustainaBl project is focused on applying smart livestock farming technologies such as Internet of Things devices and cloud computing that will measure key parameters that affect GHG emissions in livestock farms and are related with the stable environment, the animal and the feed. Moreover, GHG emissions information will be available to the livestock industry stakeholders through the application of Blockchain technology that will enable the use of smart contracts. FarmSustainaBl aims to provide a paradigm shift on the way the livestock industry evaluates and monetizes the GHG emissions information.