Sustainable Innovation Dingle
As part of its sustainable innovation work, the Dingle Hub is aiming to roll-out sensor technology currently being piloted through the Farm Ambassador Project to a further thirty farms on the peninsula. The workshops which will take place on one of our ambassador farms will provide an opportunity for participating farmers to familiarise themselves with the technology involved and take part in an open discussion where they can exchange experiences and gain a greater understanding of the types of innovation arising from this sustainable innovation pilot.
Tom Fitzgerald, the Corca Dhuibhne/Dingle Peninsula 2030 community engagement coordinator will facilitate a workshop on one of the 6 Ambassador Farms which will be a practical session to share information around the project objective - to lead and support a move towards more sustainable farming systems through the use of technology and to reduce costs and improve margins. This focusses on three types of outcomes:
- Technological: New/improved digital technology solutions for carbon & labour/cost efficiency on farms. New products with novel attributes as a result of data providing credence attributes; new or more efficient production methods arising from the use of ‘real-time’ data influencing more focused, objective and precision orientated decision-making; new forms of marketing;
- Social: New collaborations across the chain, particularly between farmers, technology designers, data analysts, food/service entrepreneurs, and consumers. Strengthened social networks in rural areas. New/enhanced livelihoods in a marginalised rural area. Greater social awareness of carbon efficiency in food production;
- Environmental: Greater carbon efficiency on farms. Environmental measures available through the sensor technology will act as a catalyst for farmers to use new strategies to increase carbon efficiency and reduce energy consumption on-farm, e.g. greater use of solar PVs, use of heat transferred from plate cooler to heat water.
Together with and for Community
The Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub (Dingle Hub) is a community enterprise initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland, eir, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry County Council, Net Feasa, SFI and the Dingle Business Chamber. They collaborate with Teagasc, IFA, and local Dingle hub-based technology provider Net Feasa and Kerry Agribusiness to help deliver this workshop. New collaborations which have been created as part of the sustainable innovation project will inform the workshop particularly those between farmers, technology designers, data analysts, food/service entrepreneurs, and consumers.
MaREI is the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation co-ordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork. The Centre comprises over 220 researchers focusing on defined global challenges such as the Energy Transition, Climate Action and the Blue Economy.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the statutory body in the Republic of Ireland with responsibility for funding oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a strategic focus. SFI research promotes and assists the development and competitiveness of industry, enterprise and employment in Ireland.
Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.
NetFeasa is a technology company based in Ireland and The Silicon Valley specializing in taking Yards, Ports and Shipping Companies through the Digital Transformation.
UCC Community Week: This event is part of UCC Community Week 2021. During Community Week, staff and students across the university come together with community and public sector partners to host community focussed events and activities. The week long programme of events celebrates UCC as a civically engaged university.