Farm businesses across Europe are increasingly exploring agroforestry as a way to improve their resilience to the growing effects of climate change. Also in Austria, farmers have an increasing interest in introducing agroforestry on the farm. To boost the awareness on benefits and possibilities, an Operational Group is setting up a knowledge network with demonstration farms.
Well-planned agroforestry systems integrating trees on farm lands can offer economically viable solutions for climate change effects, soil, biodiversity, water balance and diversification. Despite the advantages, agroforestry is currently still limited in Austria due to complex regulations and a lack of peer examples. An Operational Group project is developing a national network of farmers and researchers to foster knowledge exchange. Six pilot farms are implementing agroforestry systems to offer inspiring examples.