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AGFORWARD News: Sept 2016
Agroforestry for Europe
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In this Newsletter:

Introduction

Third European Agroforestry Conference abstracts and presentations

Agroforestry at 2016 IFSA Conference

Revised estimate of extent of agroforestry in Europe

Agroforestry and ecosystem services

Updating the Hi-sAFe model

Updating the Yield-SAFE model

Farm-SAFE bio-economic model is on-line

2017 European Grassland Symposium

North America: 2017 Agroforestry Conference in Virginia

AGFORWARD on Facebook

Contact Details

Subscription Details


Introduction

The AGFORWARD project, funded by the European Commission, is promoting the beneficial integration of trees with agriculture. A recent internal focus of the project has been the submission of our Second Periodic Report to the European Commission at the end of August. However this newsletter focuses on external outputs.

The abstracts of the 122 posters and presentations made at the Third European Agroforestry Conference in Montpellier in May 2016 are now available on-line on the EURAF website. AGFORWARD also supported an agroforestry workshop and field trip at the 2016 IFSA Conference in the UK. The newsletter also reports on two studies on the extent of agroforestry in Europe and two systematic studies related to agroforestry and its ecosystem services.

Because tree growth is slow, it can be useful to use computer simulation models to predict the effect of different tree-crop-livestock combinations on yield, profitability, and attributes such as carbon storage and soil erosion control. Within AGFORWARD we are using the Hi-sAFe and Yield-SAFE biophysical models to improve our understanding of tree-crop interactions. We then use these outputs, combined with costs and management data and the Farm-SAFE model, to predict the impact on profitability.

Lastly the newsletter provides advanced notice of two international conferences in mid-2017 where advances in agroforestry will be presented.

With best wishes

Paul Burgess
AGFORWARD Co-ordinator


Third European Agroforestry Conference abstracts and presentations

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The abstracts presented at the Third European Agroforestry Conference in May 2016 are now available on-line. In addition, the same website also provides access to about 110 of the presentations and posters. This is a useful agroforestry resource.


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Agroforestry at 2016 IFSA Conference

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An agroforestry workshop with speakers from the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Portugal was held on 13 July at the 2016 International Farming Systems Association Conference in England. The following day included a field visit to an agroforestry system developed by Peter Aspin who manages young dairy cattle in grass paddocks marked by rows of trees which provide shelter, shade, and fodder.


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Revised estimate of extent of agroforestry in Europe

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In the February 2016 newsletter, we highlighted a report describing the extent of agroforestry across Europe using the LUCAS dataset. During the last few months Michael den Herder working with co-authors has re-checked the criteria for "agroforestry" and have updated the report. For example the new value only includes areas of wood pasture where there is evidence of grazing. Our current best estimate of the area of agroforestry in Europe is 15.4 million ha which is equivalent to 3.6% of the territorial area or 8.8% of the utilised agricultural area.


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Agroforestry and ecosystem services

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Three peer-reviewed papers led by AGFORWARD researchers from the University of Copenhagen are available on the AGFORWARD website. Tobias Plieninger is the lead author of a paper on the extent, distribution, and value of wood pastures in Europe, the management challenges, and the policy implications. Nora Fagerholm is the lead author of a paper that reviewed 71 scientific publications comparing the ecosystem services of agroforestry against those of agriculture or forestry. The research highlights there is a research gap concerning the cultural services provided by agroforestry. Mario Torralba is the lead author of another paper that reviewed 53 publications that determined systematically the effects of agroforestry relative to agriculture or forestry. Erosion control, biodiversity, and soil fertility were enhanced whilst the effect on production was varied.


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Updating the Hi-sAFe model

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Because newly planted agroforestry systems may take decades to reach maturity, the AGFORWARD project is using computer simulation models to estimate the long-term effects of different systems integrating trees with crops and/or livestock. Hi-sAFe is a mechanistic computer-based model which can simulate tree and crop productivity in agroforestry systems in three dimensions. Christian Dupraz, Marie Gosme, and Isabelle Lecomte describe the innovations made with the Hi-sAFe model which included a workshop at INRA on 18-20 May 2016.


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Updating the Yield-SAFE model

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Yield-SAFE is a simpler agroforestry model than Hi-sAFe and the reduced level of parameters makes it easier to model a wider range of systems. João Palma and colleagues from the University of Lisbon and Cranfield University have outlined the refinements made to the Yield-SAFE model.


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Farm-SAFE bio-economic model is on-line

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Farm-SAFE is a bio-economic model that has been developed to compare the profitability of arable, forestry and silvoarable systems within specified farms. An updated version of the Farm-SAFE model, which links to an on-line Yield-SAFE biophysical model, has been uploaded to the AGFORWARD website. The model also includes new farm operations such as the use of short rotation coppice and the harvesting of fruit from trees.


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2017 European Grassland Symposium

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AGFORWARD partner CNR is hosting the 2017 European Grassland Federation Symposium in Sardinia on 7-10 May 2017. The title for the symposium is “Grassland resources for extensive farming systems in marginal lands: major drivers and future scenarios". There will be a session on sustainable grassland management in high nature value areas.


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North America: 2017 Agroforestry Conference in Virginia

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The Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA) in North America have recently indicated that their 2017 Conference (27-29 June 2017) entitled "Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future" will be held in Virginia. The conference is now seeking abstracts.


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AGFORWARD on Facebook

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This newsletter is circulated quarterly. If you would like more frequent updates on the promotion of agroforestry in Europe, please visit our Facebook page.


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Contact Details

Paul Burgess, AGFORWARD Project Co-ordinator,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK
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Kenisha Garnett, AGFORWARD Project Administrator,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK
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Rosa Mosquera-Losada, AGFORWARD representative from the European Agroforestry Federation,
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Fabien Liagre, Leader of the AGFORWARD dissemination work-package,
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The AGFORWARD project (Grant Agreement N° 613520) is co-funded by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, within the 7th Framework Programme of RTD, Theme 2 - Biotechnologies, Agriculture & Food. The views and opinions expressed in this report are purely those of the writers and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.