Agroforestry: introducing woody vegetation into specialised crop and livestock systems

How to develop agroforestry as a sustainable farming system which can boost agricultural productivity and profitability?


The Final report of this Focus Group has now been published.

Get all the information at a glance in the Agroforestry factsheet.


Tasks:

  • Provide and compare relevant examples of the integration of woody vegetation with crop and livestock farming systems on the basis of traditional and/or innovative designs of agroforestry system in Europe. 
  • Identify and analyse the opportunities for the integration of woody vegetation into specialised farming systems and assess the potential economic benefits linked to additional sources of income (e.g. product diversification, green marketing, public incentives such as payments for biodiversity and landscape scenery,…).
  • Identify and describe limiting factors generated by the combination of agricultural and forestry practices (e.g. farm size, labour and management, knowledge, legislation, equipment, market outlets, land tenure,…) that can hinder the adoption of agroforestry at farm level.
  • Provide practical indications for the further development and introduction of agroforestry, identify innovative approaches combining scientific and practical knowledge with new business models, modern technologies and practices. Consider the role played by advisory systems and the existence of relevant value chains.
  • Provide recommendations in terms of further research needs and ideas for Operational Groups and other innovative projects.

Results:

Other information:


Focus Group members:

Surname, first name

Profession

Country

Balaguer, Fabien

Expert from agricultural organisation, industry or manufacturing

France

Boosten, Martijn

Representative of an NGO

Netherlands

Borek, Robert

Representative of an NGO; Scientist

Poland

Burgess, Paul
Scientist United Kingdom

Considine, William

Farmer

Ireland

Csikvari, Judit

Farmer

Hungary

Grandgirard, David

Farmer; Scientist

France

Hannachi, Yousri

Farm adviser

France

Jäger, Mareike

Farm adviser

Switzerland

Mezzalira, Giustino

Adviser

Italy

Morhart, Christopher David

Scientist

Germany

Mosquera Losada, Maria Rosa

Representative of an NGO; Farm adviser; Scientist

Spain

Pecenka, Ralf

Scientist

Germany

Poza Llorente, Javier

Representative of an NGO

Spain

Ramos-Font, María Eugenia

Scientist

Spain

Reubens, Bert

Scientist

Belgium

Schmutz, Ulrich

Farm adviser; Farmer; Scientist

United Kingdom

Sepp, Mati

Farmer; Scientist

Estonia

Zollner, Daniel

Farmer; Adviser

Austria

Vityi, Andrea

Representative of an NGO; Scientist

Hungary

Facilitation team

Eksvärd, Karin

Coordinating expert

Sweden
Karasinski, Céline

Task manager

France


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