EDI IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
Recent Horsegate and "Spanish Cucumber" crises in 2013 and 2011 respectively remind us how traceability in the agricultural and agrifood sector is essential. Digital tools are key elements to be developped in the agricultural sector to ensure and secure the transparency of traceability data. Whether in crop production, animal production sectors or all along the agricultural supply chain, the Digital offers efficient and standardized exchange tools.
An observation: Information flows associated to IDs are no longer sufficient as unique tools for physical traceability. Today the Digital can accompany physical flows and comes to ensure the integrity of exchanged information. The agricultural sector is composed of a large number of distinct actors (farmers, cooperatives, accountants, suppliers, etc..) generating multiple data exchanges. The existence of a single information at all levels of the agricultural value chain is necessary, possible only through the use of standardized messages and components within standardisation bodies.
The Association Agro EDI Europe is committed since its inception in 1992, in the development of electronic data interchange (EDI) and digital in the agricultural sector by supporting :
- the evolution of different types of exchanges and standards adapted to the agricultural environment
- promotion and deployment of digital project for agriculutural communities
Moreover, the adoption of electronic exchanges is a real competitive lever for all business sectors. They allow to increase the responsiveness and the reliability of the entire value chain by forecasting needs (epidemiological surveillance network or statistical reports on crops). EDI allows safe traceability and quality management to meet the new requirements in this area (the traceability of seafood products and aquaculture is an example).
The digital offers also competitive advantages through a standardization of exchanges and a deployment of their uses for all levels of the supply chain for interoperability between actors. It is thus part of the constant will to a better productivity and a better competitiveness, especially in exports.