CROSS BORDER LIVING LABORATORIES FOR AGROFORESTRY
Previous Next

WHAT IS AGROFORESTRY?

Agroforestry is the practice of deliberately integrating woody vegetation (trees or shrubs) with crop and/or animal systems.

 

Why should you care about agroforestry?

It can offer you valuable benefits:

Increased farm income

Reduced farm expenses

Increased biodiversity

Improved water management

Management of olive pests and diseases

More carbon sequestered in the soil

Reduced soil erosion and fire risk

Maintenance of soil fertility

Animal Welfare

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN
OUR LIVING LABS?

Everyone involved with multifunctional olive systems (olive growing) and grazed woodlands is invited to enter our cross-border Living Laboratories by accessing this platform, in order to explore innovations in agroforestry through free online classes, newsletters, online discussion forums, and a wealth of other events and information sources.

LIVINGAGRO’s Living Labs are active collaborations among farmers, agri-food company staff, local authorities, researchers, innovators, and other stakeholders in order to identify common problems in the real world and then find and share innovative solutions.

They can provide you with many practical advantages:

  • Find out new ways to increase farms’ income

  • Learn how you can reduce farming expenses

  • Discover innovations that can help improve products

  • Access free e-learning modules and training courses

  • Explore the way agroforestry helps farmers, farms, and the planet

  • Investigate catalogues of innovations and scientific resources

  • Connect with innovators and stakeholders online or face-to-face.

Living Labs move beyond traditional scientists’ laboratories to make a difference through cooperation in the field, the marketplace, conferences, workshops,
one-on-one discussions, and online interactions.

Agroforestry for

Multifunctional Olive Systems

Agroforestry in olive groves is the practice of growing crops among olive trees or using olive groves as pastures, making the groves into multifunctional olive systems that can increase farmers’ profit while helping the planet.

ENTER NOW
Agroforestry for

Grazed Woodlands

Grazed woodlands are major agroforestry systems in the Mediterranean that highly contribute to sustaining local Mediterranean economies, supplying both vegetal and animal products.

ENTER NOW

NEWS AND EVENTS

imagealt
09Sep
Agroecology Europe Youth Forum 2022
Interaction

Let’s gather to celebrate youth engagement in agroecology and create a space of exchange between engaged and interested young people from all over Europe to deepen our understanding of the agroecological transformation and present job opportunities in this field.

Let’s strengthen collaboration between different existing agroecological networks, and exchange experiences and lessons learned to kick-start new ideas for working together and initiating projects.

Let’s engage with the practical dimension of agroecology through field visits and exchanges with young farmers and reflect on the challenges, opportunities and needs of young professional agroecologists.

imagealt
Second Lebanese B2B Event on Innovations for Grazed Woodlands
Business Environment

On the 5th of October 2022, the grazed woodlands sectors in Lebanon will benefit from the first B2B event organized by The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), in collaboration with the Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (FoReSTAS), within the Cross Border Living Laboratories for Agroforestry (LIVINGAGRO) project funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC Med Programme and implemented in Italy, Lebanon, Greece and Jordan. Titled “B2B Event – Innovations for Grazed Woodlands”, this symposium aims to support education, research and development, innovation, technology transfer, and publishing and marketing research results.

Farmers, entrepreneurs, local administrators, researchers, private companies, policy makers and multiple stakeholders interested in agroforestry issues, especially in the field of grazed woodlands, will have the opportunity to participate, whether onsite or online, in a series of discussions, roundtables and one-on-one meetings highlighting the latest scientific research and implementing state-of-the-art innovations related to grazed woodlands that contributes to the development of the sector. A professional panel of acclaimed guest speakers, including representatives from LARI, LIVINGAGRO consortium and other research institutions, will be sharing insights on different topics and innovations related to agroforestry in order to help stakeholders to increase profitability, sustainability, and biodiversity in the face of limited resources and environmental constraints. These discussion sessions will tackle issues regarding adaptive grazing management, reconciling grazing with trees, mixtures for quality pasture, shade tolerant species, remote sensing techniques to monitor oak forests, thinning and pruning trees in silvopastoral systems, land imprinter for rangelands rehabilitation coupled with rangeland species seeder and, hydroponic fodder system.

Grazed woodlands are land use systems that integrate woody vegetation with livestock, playing an important socio-economic role, and providing rural employment and a range of ecosystem services. With its open innovation approach, LIVINGAGRO project will help different stakeholders during this one-day B2B event in identifying the types of problems facing this sector, as well as underlining and co-designing the most workable technological solutions that maximize the ecosystem functionality of the grazed forest and enhance the many aspects and resources that agroforestry in grazed woodland can provide.

The LIVINGAGRO project will also help to encourage stakeholders to collaborate with each other, which will lead to different innovations with high business potentials among research centers, agricultural policy makers and other interested stakeholders in grazed woodlands.

Know more about the brokerage event here

imagealt
27Sep
International workshop: Olive resilience to Climate Change
Workshop

From 27 to 30 September 2022, the IOC will hold an international workshop entitled ‘Olive Resilience to Climate Change’ in Lisbon/Évora, Portugal.

This workshop aims to give an overview of several topics related to the sustainability of the olive oil and table olive value chain, opening minds to new “sustainable thinking”.

It will gather the coordinators of projects related to the sustainability and resilience of olive production systems to:

  • Acknowledge the progress, methodologies and results of the different projects;
  • Provide opportunities for stakeholders to network and share experiences;
  • Create new consortia, with the support of the IOC, to develop new research projects and research and development strategies; and
  • Coordinate and follow up on olive resilience and sustainability.

The coordinators of the main projects currently underway in the olive sector are invited to participate, to combine the various activities, generate avenues of understanding and collaboration between the different groups and promote synergy to make olive groves more resilient.

 

imagealt
03Oct
Scuola di Agroforestazione
Workshop

Scuola di Agroforestazione Sottomisura

3-7 Oct 2022, Tenuta di Paganico, Paganico (GR, Italia)

L’agro selvicoltura e forestazione in Toscana – le pratiche agroselvicolturali, agroforestali, in Toscana come sistema innovativo per l’intensificazione agricola sostenibile – le certificazioni quali sono, a cosa servono, come ottenerle

Programma Contacto 

imagealt
05Oct
Innovations for grazed woodlands
B2B

The B2B Event – Innovations for grazed woodlands is planned in the framework of the Cross Border Living Laboratories for Agroforestry (LIVINGAGRO) project, funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC Med Programme and organized by the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) in collaboration with the Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (FoReSTAS). The main aim of the event is to support education, research and development, innovation, technology transfer, and publishing and marketing research results.

Farmers, entrepreneurs, local administrators, researchers, private companies, policy makers and multiple stakeholders interested in agroforestry issues, especially in the field of grazed woodlands, will have the opportunity to participate, whether onsite or online, in a series of discussions, round tables and one-on-one meetings highlighting the latest scientific research and implementing state-of-the-art innovations related to grazed woodlands that contributes to the development of the sector.

With its open innovation approach, LIVINGAGRO project will help different stakeholders during this one-day B2B event in identifying the types of problems facing this sector, as well as underlining and co-designing the most workable technological solutions that maximize the ecosystem functionality of the grazed forest and enhance the many aspects and resources that agroforestry in grazed woodland can provide.

Event Programme

During the morning session, a professional panel of acclaimed guest speakers, including representatives from LARI, LIVINGAGRO consortium and other research institutions, will be sharing insights on different topics and innovations related to agroforestry in order to help stakeholders to increase profitability, sustainability, and biodiversity in the face of limited resources and environmental constraints. These discussion sessions will tackle issues regarding adaptive grazing management, reconciling grazing with trees, mixtures for quality pasture, shade tolerant species, remote sensing techniques to monitor oak forests, thinning and pruning trees in silvopastoral systems, land imprinter for rangelands rehabilitation coupled with rangeland species seeder and, hydroponic fodder system.

In the afternoon, all attendees are invited to participate in an open discussion during two round table sessions on grazed woodlands and forest management as well as to schedule a one-to-one meeting with the aim of getting more information about the innovations of greatest interest with one of the guest speakers of the event.

PROJECT PARTNERS

English (UK)