CROSS BORDER LIVING LABORATORIES FOR AGROFORESTRY
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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.

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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.

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NEWS AND EVENTS

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Last days to register for the second B2B event on Multifunctional Olive Systems in Lebanon
Events

Register now to join the many farmers, decision makers, researchers and private sector representatives who will participate in the event on November 15 at Gefinor Rotana Hotel in Beirut, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM local time.
Innovators from Italy, Greece and Lebanon will present their research on innovations to support olive growing and olive oil production in Lebanon and throughout the Mediterranean region. This event continues the knowledge sharing that began at the first B2B event in July. As in July, a catalogue of innovations will be distributed to all attendees; it will be available online on the ICT platform of the LIVINGAGRO Project (https://livingagrolab.eu/).
During the November event, attendees from various backgrounds will have a chance to participate in two roundtables and discuss with innovators possible collaborations and possibilities for applying new ideas to their business. LIVINGAGRO brokerage events aim to promote collaborations, market opportunities, and agreements between researchers and businesspeople.
This event will be broadcast live in Arabic and English in order to allow stakeholders who are unable to participate in person to take part virtually. Those who wish to follow it online should also register for the free event.
This B2B event is part 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) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) – Greece.
For information and registration:
https://livingagrolab.eu/event/third-brokerage-event-in-lebanon/

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15Nov
2nd B2B Event on Multifunctional Olive Systems in Lebanon
B2B

Press release

The Mediterranean region leads the world in olive and olive oil production and consumption. However, the increasing demand for olives and olive oil requires the expansion of growing areas and an increase in production. Accordingly, new technologies and innovative production systems are becoming essential.

In order to provide additional support for stakeholders in the olive sector after the first successful B2B event held by the LIVINGAGRO Project consortium in July, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) and the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) are organizing a second B2B event in Lebanon on November 15, 2022.

During this second event, experts from Italy, Greece and Lebanon will present their work on many innovations related to agroforestry in olive growing and olive oil production, sharing their expertise with many stakeholders.

Economic stakeholders, decision makers and research stakeholders involved with the olive and olive oil sector are invited to participate in the event, which will be divided into two parts. The morning session will be dedicated to presenting innovations from several Mediterranean countries, while the afternoon session is reserved for roundtables aiming to deepen the discussions among innovators and stakeholders. Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to meet with each of the innovators in one-to-one meetings to discuss the problems they are facing and their needs for innovations to improve the productivity of their orchards and the quality of their production.

The Cross Border Living Laboratories for Agroforestry (LIVINGAGRO) Project is funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC Med Programme and implemented in Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Jordan. The project aims to support education, research and development, innovation, and technology transfer, including sharing research results, by establishing two Living Labs, one for multifunctional olive systems (Living Lab 1) and the other for grazed woodlands (Living Lab 2). This B2B event is part of Living Lab 1.

 

Watch the live streaming here: EN | AR

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Special Issue on “Agronomical, Phenotypical and Biochemical Evaluation of Olive”

The cultivated olive (Olea europaea L.) is one of the most representative and economically important crops in the Mediterranean region. The olive sector is currently experiencing a profound crisis due to the ever-changing environmental and climatic conditions and new phytosanitary emergencies. From this perspective derives the urgency to have alternative olive varieties that are resilient, adapted and plastic, and able to guarantee early fruiting and entry into production, as well as plant architecture suitable for fully mechanizing olive harvesting and pruning, low susceptibility to parasites and harmful pathogens, high productivity and oil yield, high content of secondary bioactive compounds, and high nutritional and sensory quality of olive oil.

Due to the prevalent out-crossing nature of the species, the olive still
has a certain genetic variability to exploit in breeding programs. Accurate prospecting of olive-growing areas could highlight the presence of ancient, or wild olive trees, not traced back to previously cataloged varieties. In addition, it is possible to develop new varieties of olive trees starting from the crossing between known and genetically compatible genotypes to introduce improving characteristics.

This Special Issue, lead by Dr. Valentina Passeri from the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and member of the LIVINGAGRO consortium, welcomes scientific articles concerning the evaluation and selection of olive tree genotypes through agronomic, physiological, biochemical, and technological approaches in order to build a multidisciplinary network for a modern, more biodiverse, and competitive olive growing, with an increase in environmental sustainability and the safeguarding of product quality.

Submissions are open until the 31st of July 2023.
More information on the Special Issue here

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29Nov
Grazed Woodlands in Lebanon: policies, initiatives and activities – Online workshop
Workshop

Registration form link

Policy makers, farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers, private companies and other stakeholders involved in the grazing sector in Lebanon are invited to a free online workshop aiming to give an overview on the Lebanese national laws and legislations related to grazed woodlands.

It will also highlight the initiatives and activities established and performed by the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture.


Information and opportunities

• Role of the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture in improving and reinforcing the sector
• Laws governing the grazing sector in Lebanon
• Opportunity to networking and sharing experiences
• Building connections for future collaborations


Workshop program

10:00-10:10
Welcome Speech – Doctor Milad El Riachy (LARI)

10:10-10:40
Laws and decisions in the management of rangelands – Engineer Zeina Tamim (Acting Head of Rangeland Department – MOA)

10:40-11:10
Activities and initiatives taking place in the management of rangelands in several Lebanese regions – Engineer Carla Al Jamous (Rangeland Department – MOA)

11:10-11:30
Open discussion

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13Dec
Brokerage event to foster innovation in Multifunctional Olive Systems
B2B

Online event registration | In-presence event registration

Agenda in Arabic | Agenda in English

Poster in Arabic | Poster in English

The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), the Regional Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.) and the LIVINGAGRO Consortium are pleased to announce the organization of the Brokerage Event to foster innovation in Multifunctional Olive Systems in Amman – Jordan.

The Brokerage Event represents a unique occasion to highlight the growing socio-economic role of agroforestry in olive groves andshare innovative technologies, initiate cross border co-operations, and find new business partners for countries around the Mediterranean basin. The event is addressed to economic stakeholders, decision makers and research stakeholders involved with the olive and olive oil sector.

The initiative is a great opportunity on one hand for stakeholders from the olive and olive oil sector to discover new innovations in this field and on the other hand for innovators to present their latest research and experimentation projects. The event will focus on highlighting the state-of-the-art innovations, identifying the challenges that economic stakeholders and operators of the olive and olive oil sector are facing, and underlining the most workable high-tech solutions to maximize profitability, sustainability and biodiversity considering limited resources and environmental constraints.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in roundtables, discussions, and one-on-one meetings with a professional panel of acclaimed guest speakers and will be able to choose between participating online or in person for an efficient time management.


Why participate

  • Meet providers of innovative technologies and discover how these can improve agroforestry businesses
  • Enter into contact with potential partners for future cooperation
  • Establish cross-border contacts for long-term business relationships
  • Find new partners for research projects

 


Book your online meeting

For those who will not be able to travel, it is offered the possibility to book, through the registration form, an online 1:1 meeting that will take place during the matchmaking session from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

As soon as the innovators’ list will be available, you’ll get an email to choose who you want to talk to and have the opportunity to meet the creators which will be presenting their innovations.

The 1:1 meetings will take place on Zoom platform and will last about 10 minutes each.

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15Dec
Brokerage Event to foster innovation in Grazed Woodlands
B2B

Online event registration | In-presence event registration

Agenda in Arabic | Agenda in English

Poster in Arabic | Poster in English

The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), the Regional Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.) and the whole LIVINGAGRO Consortium are pleased to announce the organization of the first Brokerage Event to foster innovation in Grazed Woodlands in Amman – Jordan.

The Brokerage Event represents a unique occasion to highlight the growing socio-economic role of agroforestry in grazed woodlands and share innovative technologies, initiate cross border co-operations and find new business partners for countries around the Mediterranean basin. The event is addressed to economic stakeholders, decision makers and research stakeholders interested in agroforestry issues, especially in the field of grazed woodlands.

The initiative is a great opportunity on one hand for stakeholders to discover new innovations in this field and on the other hand for innovators to present their latest research and experimentation projects related to agroforestry. The event will focus on highlighting the state-of-the-art innovations, identifying the challenges that economic stakeholders and operators of the grazed woodlands sector are facing, and underlining the most workable high-tech solutions to maximize profitability, sustainability and biodiversity considering limited resources and environmental constraints.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in roundtables, discussions, and one-on-one meetings with a professional panel of acclaimed guest speakers and will be able to choose between participating online or in person for an efficient time management.


Why participate

  • Meet providers of innovative technologies and discover how these can improve agroforestry businesses
  • Enter into contact with potential partners for future cooperation
  • Establish cross-border contacts for long-term business relationships
  • Find new partners for research projects

 


Book your online meeting

For those who will not be able to travel, it is offered the possibility to book, through the registration form, an online 1:1 meeting that will take place during the matchmaking session from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

As soon as the innovators’ list will be available, you’ll get an email to choose who you want to talk to and have the opportunity to meet the creators which will be presenting their innovations.

The 1:1 meetings will take place on Zoom platform and will last about 10 minutes each.

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

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