Population growth and increased consumption are driving global demand for food, and with the expansion of agricultural activity, the modern agri-food system is highly resource-intensive and wasteful. The two main trends, artificial intelligence and circular economy, emerge as powerful tools and solutions to address climate and sustainable development goals. Given the context, a consortium of 6 partners from 5 European countries considered that they should join forces and work together to integrate these two trends in the agri-food industry. This has resulted in the recent approval of the European project “AISkills4CircularTransition – Develop Artificial Intelligence Knowledge and Skills to Support the Circular Transition of Agri-food”, commonly known as AISkills4CT.
What does AISkills4CT aim to achieve?
Throughout its three years of implementation, this innovative project is expected to:
- Raise awareness and train professionals in the agri-food sectors in the use of artificial intelligence along supply chains;
- Increase the knowledge and competences of agri-food professionals with a set of advanced skills for the labour market, maintaining or improving their employability;
- Contribute to fostering the digital transformation of agri-food companies through the use and benefits of artificial intelligence technologies, in order to improve their production and the circular management of human resources;
- Facilitate the transition towards a more circular and resilient agri-food sector, and more globally, towards a climate-neutral society; and
- Enable students to immediately apply their knowledge and skills in real life.
The application of a circular approach and artificial intelligence solutions to the agri-food sector can have a positive economic, social and environmental impact, creating a competitive advantage for companies without harming the environment and society.
The project is coordinated by the French association ANIA – Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires. The consortium also includes the Spanish entity Fundación Equipo Humano (FEH), the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries (SEVT), the Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB), the Belgian consultancy EURANOVA, and the Cypriot organisation Circular Economy Alliance. AISkills4CT is a European project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission.