Re: The EFITA 2015 Conference in Poznan - A challenge for EFITA 2017 in Montpelier

On Mar 23, 2015, at 12:33, Ehud Gelb wrote:

> The EFITA 2015 Conference to be held in Poznan, Poland
> - A challenge for EFITA 2017 in Montpelier
>
> Dear EFITA “Founding Grandparents” and colleagues,
>
> May I first apologise if I erred in an e-mail address or missed an EFITA “Founding Grandparent”….
>
> Announcment
> “…The bi-annual EFITA Conferences have for the last 18 years been important events for the international community of researchers and developers within agricultural ICT, with numerous contributions of innovative applications and solutions and, not least, a scene for networking between the participants. The EFITA 2015 will by no doubts be another great occasion for presenting novel solutions for today’s challenges of carrying agricultural ICT into the age of smart online farm management..…”
>
>
> Observation:
> Technology’s State Of The Art unforgiving evolutions and relentless challenges to “innovators and agents of change” have elicited “ old age wrinkles “ in our ageing EFITA - see recent examples from EFITA 2015 communications:
>
>
>>> “……..Last month Jerzy Weres confirmed me that he and his team are working hard to organise our congress Efita 2015. Should Jerzy not succeed in organising our congress, can we imagine alternative solutions?………..“
>>>
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>> “...Hopefully more people will join the conference, and after your mail initiative will be done to make more focus on the conference. I will make another
>> posting……..”
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>>> “…… Regarding EFITA2015: there is no way to cancel it. That would be the first step towards a closing down of EFITA……..”
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> and more.
>
>
> Risking a mistake in EFITA history the first EU team effort to quantify ICT for agriculture was in 1996
> in Alberese, Italy - see http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-sum-12.pdf and http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-farm-15.pdf
>
> This “last century” initiative blossomed into EFITA, it’s most successful on-going News Letter (with thousands of subscribers), a public domain e-book (accessed in 2014 more than 650,000 times with more than 650 annual reviews see http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-table.html ), an ICT adoption Questionnaire (updated and disseminated annually since 1999 see http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-efita-2012.pdf and the pride of all: 18 successful bi-annual EFITA Conferences!!
> Even so
> the old age wrinkles indicate that EFITA’s content, priority refocusing and self reflection are due. Namely in what way can EFITA retain, expand and share it’s founders and participants expectations, innovative initiatives and accomplishments.
>
> Translated to agricultural ICT this suggests that
> This second generation seminal EFITA entity should be planted this 2015 in Poznan in order to enable it to bear fruit by 2017 in Montpellier.
>
> with warmest best wishes to all,
>
> Ehud Gelb
>
> Dr. Ehud Gelb
> Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research
> 9 Hagalil St., Rehovot, Israel
> tel: +972 8 9411677,
> skype: ehud.gelb
> http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-main.html
>

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