The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.
This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.
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- Evolution of the number of publications between 2005 and 2015
- Map of most publishing countries between 2005 and 2015
- Network of country collaborations
- Network of institutional collaborations (+10 publications)
- Network of keywords relating to data - Link
Impact of environmentally-friendly horticulture systems in the coming decades: Vision and agenda
For the past decades, I have been deeply involved in the "Environmentally-Friendly Agriculture (EFA)" movement in various capacities such as professional scholar, consumer/farmer leader, and as chief administrator of the Agricultural Ministry. Farming is not simply an economic activity. Farming is a way of life, both ethical and ecological. It is indeed a life-affirming process with its own inherent values and cultures localized over thousands of years. Though the concept of environmentally-friendly horticulture (EFH) is not a new concept it comes back as a relatively recent response to the decline in the quality of the ecosystem and natural resource bases linked to conventional chemically-oriented one. To make horticulture more environmentally sound, socially just and economically viable, changes in farming system and management, using sources of organic technology and materials, had to be reinforced, while ensuring alternative technologies to enhance resource-poor family farmers' real income, community food security and protecting the human health and environment. The recent survey by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Korea tallied that EFH certified farming as a whole have reduced the application of chemical fertilizers by about 40% and have reduced pesticide applications by 50% and yet maintained the 95% level of the average yields per hectare. The Korean type sustainable horticulture which may well be characterized as a sort of "precision farming," based on the Integrated Pest and Nutrient Management System so far has been successful in maintaining the stable level of high production while enhancing agro-ecosystems. At the start of the Kim Dae Jung Regime in 1998, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry declared the inception of environmentally friendly agriculture by enacting the various pertinent laws and regulations. These include: (1) Environmentally-Friendly Agriculture Act in 1997 and revised in 2001, (2) New Agricultural Basic Law in 1998, (3) Establishing the National Agricultural Product Quality Control Office in 1998, (4) Legalization of the Consumers Cooperatives for EFA product outlets in 1999, (5) Introduction of New Environmentally Friendly Agriculture (EFA) Product Certifying System in 1998 and revised in 2001, (6) Launching of the EFA Direct Payment System in 1999, (7) Initiation of Farmer, Consumer & Government Link Program in 1998 which evolved into the Green Tourism Program in 2001, and (8) Promulgation of the 5-Year Environmentally-Friendly Agriculture Plan in 2001. In summary, the environmentally-friendly horticulture appears more sustainable than intensive chemical-dependent farming in the current knowledge-based sustainable societies. In this context, not only the respective national and local authorities but also the international conventions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Office of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) should pay due attention to the growing importance of environmentally-friendly agriculture for the sustainable, safe and healthy human life, environment and peace as a whole.
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