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Living Lab Agrifood Technology

Living Lab Agrifood Technology

The Living Lab Agrifood Technology consists of real-life experimental infrastructure, knowledge and a network of stakeholders with the goal to collaborate in real-life context for ideating, prototyping, experimenting and validating new services, products and systems that will optimise future farm and food processes.


Aims of our living lab include:

  • higher adoption rate of sustainable technology and digitalisation through demonstrations involving both suppliers and end-users (farmers, contractors and food processing companies)
  • evaluating technology from a technical, economic, social and ecological perspective in practice conditions through experimenting in real-life settings and objective evaluation
  • offering tailored advice for end-users based on state-of-the art knowledge and infrastructure
  • enabling the development of new sustainable data driven solutions through a co-creative process involving different stakeholders and through the development of suitable and viable business models
Simon Cool [javascript protected email address]
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 115 bus 1, 9820 Merelbeke
Artificial IntelligenceAgriculture & Agri-food
Living Lab Agrifood Technology


Agrifood Technolgy stimulates the development of innovative technological solutions (products, services, systems) in the agrifood chain through collaborating with different stakeholders.

We apply user-driven innovation. This means that we listen to questions and requests from end-users of technology (farmers, contractors, food processing companies). It also means that we recognize their practical (tacit) knowledge which can prove of great value for new developments. By interacting with stakeholders we can capture challenges from practice, which are the starting point for new technological innovation projects within our Living Lab. In these projects we apply co-creation: we collaborate with different stakeholders throughout the development process, we exchange knowledge and expertise in an open way, develop, test and evaluate prototypes in practice conditions and demonstrate our results. By applying a multy-stakeholder approach, we face problems from different perspectives, with added value for the partners, leading to a faster and more efficient development process.




With our infrastructure, experts with multidisciplinary knowledge, extensive network of stakeholders and practical experience, we have the ideal foundation for facilitating co-creation of new technological solutions in the agrifood sector using a user-driven and multi-stakeholder approach. We want to use these tools for developing, testing and evaluating existing and new (data-driven) solutions to optimize farm and food processes (from field to fork) and give tailored advice towards implementation of these solutions in the field, the stable or the factory hall.


Our co-creative, multistakeholder approach offers many advantages for technology producers, end-users and other stakeholders in the agrifood sector. Surveys with farmers and smaller food processing companies often show that offered technology nowadays often does not provide an adequate answer to the needs in practice. Furthermore, end-users frequently indicate uncertainty towards new technological solutions and state that the added value for them is not clear. Small machine- and technology producers on the other hand often lack innovation capacity for these innovative developments, which require a multi-disciplinary approach. By exchanging knowledge and expertise with end-users, experts and other stakeholders through our Living Lab, a higher level of applicability in practice and end-user satisfaction is achieved which secures a market for the developed solutions and respects value of other stakeholders involved.




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