Agritech Activator

Data Ineroperability


There is a lack of data interoperability and data openness across agritech offerings, which limits uptake of agritech and can impede innovation.

On top of this, regional and international inconsistency in measurement and reporting requirements also inhibits new agritech product development.

Government and industry are partnering through a range of projects to create the conditions for digital integration across the food and fibre sector. Our vision is for an integrated digital food and fibre sector driven by single-capture, multi-use data that can be shared seamlessly and securely to protect our environment, increase our productivity, and strengthen our economy.

In practice, this will mean we will have created the conditions for a digital ecosystem in which a food and fibre producer can choose their preferred technology to manage their farm planning, and share it with their other chosen digital tools.

This work has included and will continue to build on:

  • a Geospatial Interoperability Working Group which has developed minimumviable-product specifications for farm boundaries,  as well as on-farm hazards, planned versus actual activities such as fertiliser sprays, and land cover elements such forests and riparian planting

  • a proof-of-concept project within the horticulture sector aimed at highlighting the barriers to and value of data sharing along the value chain

  • progressing work on enabling a digital identity framework through encrypted, verifiable credentials and decentralised identifiers.

  • a process to begin the standardisation of key farming data

  • the scoping of Link Aotearoa, which will be a regularly-maintained and updated public repository of standardised farming data (to act as a guide to the agritech sector when developing products and solutions).