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

Introduction

European policy and agroforestry

Training resources for agroforestry

AGFORWARD second periodic report

Agroforestry Focus Group Meeting in Western France

Diversification of fodder for dairy cows at INRA Lusignan

UK Agroforestry Conference - 22 June 2017

AGFORWARD and Facebook

Contact Details

Subscription Details


Introduction

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The AGFORWARD project, funded by the European Commission, is promoting the beneficial integration of trees with agriculture. The above photo of a reindeer in a wooded environment, from our stakeholder research group in Sweden, provides a suitable image for this pre-Christmas newsletter! Thank you to Erik Valinger of the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU) for the photo.

Last week, AGFORWARD released a report led by Rosa Mosquera Losada (from the University of Santiago de Compostela and EURAF) on the current extent and success of policies measures related to agroforestry in Europe. The report demonstrates that agroforestry is contributing to numerous European policies and that it is being supported (with different levels of national engagement) within pillar I and II of the Common Agricultural Policy.

A key objective of the AGFORWARD project is the dissemination of best practice and AGROOF is gathering reports and other materials on a dedicated "Training Resources" section of our website. Since the last newsletter, our second interim project report has also been accepted and is now available.

AGFORWARD is developing and supporting our understanding of innovative agroforestry systems. During the initial meeting of a new EIP-Agri Focus Group on Agroforestry, I was able to visit the 40-year old walnut-cereal silvoarable system managed by Mr Jollet at Les Eduts near Melle in France, and a project at INRA Lusignan which is investigating the diversification of fodder sources in a mixed-dairy system. Both are fascinating and innovative.

During the last few days, initial details of a major UK agroforestry conference on 22 June 2017 have been released. This conference and a workshop on 23 June will provide up to date guidance to farmers and foresters who are interested in agroforestry in the British Isles.

Lastly the AGFORWARD team wish you a joyful Christmas and a happy New Year.

With best wishes,

Paul Burgess
AGFORWARD Co-ordinator


European policy and agroforestry

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Rosa Mosquera Losada and colleagues have produced a report which describes the current extent of agroforestry across Europe, highlights how agroforestry can contribute to global and European objectives (including the promotion of climate-smart agriculture), and how agroforestry is being supported within pillar I and pillar II of the Common Agricultural Policy. The study highlights that the policy support for the integration of trees and shrubs with farming extends to much more than agroforestry measures 222 and 8.2.


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Training resources for agroforestry

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AGFORWARD is promoting the wider adoption of agroforestry by providing training resources. AGROOF have started to gather a wide range of training materials related to agroforestry at a single site on the AGFORWARD website. Resources produced by AGFORWARD and others are available under titles such as "Current situation", "Trees & crops", "Trees & livestock", "Landscape", and "Regulation".


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AGFORWARD second periodic report

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Our Second Periodic Report which describes the activities of the AGFORWARD project for the period 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2016 has been accepted by the European Commission. The report provides a synthesis of project activities including highlighted sections on the area of agroforestry in Europe, the development and use of agroforestry models, evidence for European agroforestry enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services, and a description of the outputs from the Third European Agroforestry Conference.


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Agroforestry Focus Group Meeting in Western France

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The European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability (EIP-Agri) has been set up to help the agricultural and forestry sectors in Europe to become more productive, sustainable and adaptable. A new EIP-Agri Group focusing specifically on agroforestry held its first meeting at Melle in France from 30 November to 1 December 2016, with a second and final meeting planned for March 2017. The meeting included a visit to the 40-year old walnut-cereal silvoarable system managed by Mr Jollet at Les Eduts. This is one of the on-farm research sites within the AGFORWARD project.


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Diversification of fodder for dairy cows at INRA Lusignan

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INRA Lusignan in Western France held a meeting in August 2014 which allowed stakeholders to visit the new OasYs research programme on alternative dairy production systems using agro-ecological principles. This includes the addition of trees and shrubs to diversify fodder resources. Research gaps identified by stakeholders included the best forms of tree protection, the value of different tree fodders, and different designs for the layout of trees. Sandra Novak of INRA Lusignan explained current progress as she hosted a recent site visit.


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UK Agroforestry Conference - 22 June 2017

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A major UK-focused agroforestry conference will take place at Cranfield University in the UK on 22 June 2017. The conference is being organised and supported by the Soil Association, the Woodland Trust, the Royal Forestry Society, and the Farm Woodland Forum. A series of practical sessions and a field visit is also being planned by the Farm Woodland Forum for 23 June 2017. Tickets for the main conference are now available.


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AGFORWARD and 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.