Abstract: Since the global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the sustainability of the food and agricultural production system is being questioned. As a net food-importing country, Taiwan`s calorie-based food self-sufficiency rate is relatively low. Furthermore, the agricultural productivity has been worsened by the shortage of manpower and the change of natural environment. It is undoubtedly necessary to advocate the need for sustainable intensification of agricultural production. In response to this need, the COA is promoting the Smart Agriculture 4.0 Program. In addition to enhance the technology levels and strengthen interdisciplinary industry-academic-research cooperation, this Program emphasizes the importance of talent-fostering in ten leading industries through an innovative agricultural training strategy. To cope with the trend of competency-based human resource management, the current project aims to construct an analytical model for the development of competency standards and to build up three frameworks of competency standards for selected industries including mushroom, moth orchid and agricultural facility. Next, three competency-based training programs are developed and implemented at four universities which will make it easier for trainees to leverage their experiences to learn new skills that will give them access to new opportunities in three selected leading industries. Implementation of smart agriculture innovative technology frees future agriculture from restrictions set by weather conditions. Crop potential can be greatly enhanced through labor-saving and large-scale production. Safe and convenient agricultural production system could be created to attract young talents, driving Taiwan`s agriculture towards a young, vigorous, and highly competitive LOHAS industry. In addition to offering stable, fresh, and safe food while boosting local consumption, these applications can also help to develop an export industry with international competitive strength.
Smart Agriculture 4.0