Technical Sections VII: Information Technology


Information Systems

Advance the development and effective use of information and communication technologies in all areas of agriculture in order to increase its sustainability, quality of operations and produce, productivity and profitability of the businesses. Target those technologies to every link of the production chains, education, research and policy making.


Chair: Dr. Patrizia Busato

Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin, Italy read-more

IT Italy

TEL: +39 011 670.8623


Vice Chair: Dr. Takashi Okayashu

Kyushu University, Japan

JP Japan



Secretary: Dr. Jiannong Xin

IFAS Office of Information Technology、University of Florida, PO Box 110495 Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

US United States

TEL: +1 352 846 3217


Member: Dr. Jagarlapudi Adinarayana

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

IN India



Member: Dr. Jose Francisco Aguilar

Agricultural and Biosystems School, College of Engineering, University of Costa Rica read-more

CR Costa Rica

TEL: +506 2511-643


Member: Prof. Leisa Armstrong

Edith Cowan Univeristy, Australia

AU Australia



Member: Prof. Pilar Barreiro

School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

ES Spain



Member: Prof. Miguel Castro Neto

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

PT Portugal



Member: Dr. Miklos Herndon

University of Debrecen, Hungary

HU Hungary



Member: Prof. Amots Herzoni

Agricultural Research Organization/Volcani Center, Israel

IL Israel



Member: Dr. Allan Leck Jensen

Aarhus University, Denmark  read-more

DK Denmark



Member: Prof. Arno Ruckelshausen

University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Albrechtstr. 30, 49076 Osnabrück... read-more

DE Germany



Member: Dr. Jersey Weres

Poznan University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Bioengineering, Institute of Agricultural Engineering,... read-more

PL Poland

TEL: +48 61 848 7158


Member: Dr. Ybin Ying

Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environment Sciences, Zhejiang University, No. 866, Yuhangtang Street, Xihu District,... read-more

CN China

TEL: +86 57188982885


Honorary Chairs/Members:

Honorary Chairs: Prof. Yasushi Hashimoto

Science Council of Japan; IFAC-council, 6-4-2-701Chifunemachi, Matsuyama, Ehime, #790-0011, Japan

JP Japan

TEL: +81 899 41 4191


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Axel Munack

FAL, Institute for Technology and Biosystems Engineering, Bundesallee 50, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany

DE Germany

TEL: +49 531 5964201


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Seishi Ninomiya

University of Tokyo, Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services (ISAS), Midori-cho 1-1-1, Nishi-tokyo, Tokyo 188... read-more

JP Japan

TEL: +81 42 463 1611


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Antonio Mauro Saraiva

University of São Paulo, School of Engineering, Agricultural Automation Laboratory, Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, trav3... read-more

BR Brazil

TEL: +55 11 3091 9088


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Nick Sigrimis

Agricultural University of Athens, Dept. Agricultural Engineering, Iera Odos 75, 118 55 Athens, Greece

GR Greece

TEL: +30 1 529 40 36


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Fedro S. Zazueta

Agricultural and Biological Eng. Dept. University of Florida, P.O. Box 117345, Gainesville, FL 32611-7345

US United States

TEL: +1 352 2731788; +1 352 3920371


Mission, Objectives, Scope and Activities


The mission of Section VII is to advance the use of information and communication technologies to harness optimal farm management and food supply chain, achieving sustainable agriculture. The sustainability includes productivity, profitability, environmental harmonization, robustness against climatic change, food security, food safety, food quality and farm welfare. ICT should be utilized in almost all the fields in CIGR and interdisciplinary collaborations are particularly important in the Section VII activities.


Section VII aims to promote people to achieve the following targets through maximally utilizing most up-to-date ICT;

  • Policy making of ICT-based sustainable agriculture and rural development for green economy
  • Enhancement of e-education/training and communication tools to effectively transfer technologies to farmers and to solve the last one mile issue.
  • Enhancement of data acquisitions and development and sharing with efficient tool supports
  • Enhancement of data integration for agricultural big data based on interoperable data standardization
  • Enhancement of data and model integrations for effective decision supports
  • Enhancement of DSS development for farmers, extension staffs, policy makers and distributors
  • Enhancement of R&D of basic technologies and tools adaptable to ICT applications in agriculture


The scope of Section VII is broad covering:

  • Policy
    • ICT policies for sustainable rural development, ICT adoption in rural community, e-government, e-agribusiness based on green economy ,
  • Data content development
    • agricultural resources data banks, market information, weather information, soil information, technology information, digital library, intellectual property, big data cloud
    • Privacy security and data quality
    • Interoperable data exchange platform and cloud
  • Applications
    • decision support system, precision farming, sensors, knowledge management system, GAP support system, traceability system, e-learning/training system, extension service
    • Maximum utilization of big data and IOT
  • Technology
    • data/text/Web mining, machine learning, cloud computing, social media/Web technologies, metadata, standards and cataloging, taxonomy, ontology and the semantic Web, information retrieval, open source tools, sensor network, sensors, Grid, human-computer interaction, mobile services, remote sensing, GIS, pattern recognition, image analysis, modeling, security


To achieve the objectives, Section VII promotes the collaborations among related groups, providing opportunities to discuss and exchange information among them. The main activities of Section VII are to organize sessions and workshops collaborating with several organizations which have the similar aims in terms of the utilization of ICT in agriculture.

  • Section VII co-organizes WCCA (World Congress of Computer in Agriculture) as a member of INFITA (International Network of Federations of Information Technology in Agriculture, A WCCA takes place annually synchronously with one of the international conferences organized by one of the INFITA members.
  • Section VII organizes sessions and workshops on specific topics during the CIGR conferences
  • Section VII co-organizes workshops and sessions in several related conferences and meetings

Events organized by Section VII

Title Date Event type Location Country
2019 EFITA-HAICTA-WCCA CONGRESS Thu, 27/06/2019 to Sat, 29/06/2019 Congress Rodes GR Greece
The 9th conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) Mon, 24/06/2013 to Thu, 27/06/2013 Conference Turin IT Italy
CIGR XVIIth World Congress Sun, 13/06/2010 to Thu, 17/06/2010 Congress Québec City CA Canada