30 September 2016

Extent and Success of Current Policy Measure

A 95 page report on the extent and success of current policy measures to support agroforestry in Europewas submitted to the European Commission on 30 September 2016.

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31 August 2016

Second Periodic Report

The Second Progress Report on the AGFORWARD project covering the period January 2015 to June 2016 was submitted to the European Commission on 31 August 2016.

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13-14 July 2016

Agroforestry at International Farming Systems Association Conference

An agroforestry workshop took place at the International Farming Systems Association Conference on 13 July 2016 at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, England. Seven speakers from the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Portugal provided updates of their research to an international audience. A fascinating field trip was held on 14 July.

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31 May 2016

Tree fodder in Romania

On 31 May 2016 AGFORWARD researcher, Dr Tibi Hartel, explained the importance of tree fodder to a party including HRH Prince of Wales during a visit to a traditional wood pasture near Zalánpatak in the Transylvania region of Romania.

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26 - 27 May 2016

AGFORWARD Third General Assembly

The AGFORWARD consortium held a successful Third General Assembly at Montpellier SupAgro in Southern France on 26 and 27 May 2016. This was an ideal venue as the meeting rooms and cafeteria were all in the same building. Our hosts were Christian Dupraz, Marie Gosme, and Delphine Mézière from INRA. In total 48 AGFORWARD researchers attended the two day meeting and we were pleased to welcome six participants to their first AGFORWARD meeting. The meeting was preceded by the Third European Agroforestry Conference, also at Montpellier, between 23 and 25 May where many researchers had presented their work to up to 270 delegates.

The Project Co-ordinator, Paul Burgess, also welcomed members of the External Expert Advisory Panel to the General Assembly: Professor Shibu Jose from the University of Missouri, Professor PK Nair with Professor Vimala Nair from the University of Florida, and Dr Gerry Lawson from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the UK. The External Expert Advisory Panel contributed positively to the various workshops and provided helpful guidance on how to advance the research and dissemination activities.

The General Assembly was primarily a working meeting with individuals working together to advance the completion of various milestones and deliverables that contribute to the overall aim of the project to promote agroforestry in Europe and the completion of the Second Progress Report. We hope to report these on the AGFORWARD website during the coming months.

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23-25 May 2016

Third European Agroforestry Conference

Members of AGFORWARD played a leading role in the successful Third European Agroforestry Conference held between 23 and 25 May 2016 at Montpellier SupAgro in France.  The conference organised by the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) was hosted by Dr Christian Dupraz (INRA) and the Book of Abstracts was edited by Dr Marie Gosme (INRA). The speakers on the first day included Stéphane Le Foll (French Minister of Agriculture), Emmanuel Petel and Gaétan Dubois (European Commission), Rosa Mosquera Losada (President of EURAF), and Alain Canet (President of the French Agroforestry Association (AFAF)). Talks were also provided by Andy Gordon and Mike Jacobsen on the state of agroforestry in North America, and by Mark Shepard on restoration agriculture.

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22-25 February 2016

Modeling workshop in Portugal

An AGFORWARD modeling workshop was hosted by Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) in Lisbon from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 February 2016. It focused on the modelling of agroforestry for arable farms using the Yield-SAFE and Farm-SAFE bio-economic models and was attended by AGFORWARD participants from Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

 

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28 January 2016

A Strategic Approach to EU Agricultural Research and Innovation.

Paul Burgess, from Cranfield University and the AGFORWARD project, made a presentation on “Agroforestry: Complexity underpinning multiple benefits from the farm to the landscape” at a European Commission conference on 28 January 2016.

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25 January 2016

New report on the Extent of Agroforestry in Europe.

A new report examining the extent of agroforestry in Europe has just been placed on the AGFORWARD website.

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