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Agroforestry at the forefront of farming sustainability in multifunctional landscapes in Europe

Project description

Encouraging the wider adoption of agroforestry in Europe

Ever since the dawn of agriculture during the Neolithic Period, the relationship between humans and land has been a reciprocal one: the land produces the necessary means of sustenance, but it can only achieve this if it is properly tended to. Agroforestry yields essential products such as food and timber, at the same time ensuring the protection of biodiversity so the natural environment continues to provide its resources and other benefits. The EU-funded REFOREST project aims to overcome the barriers to wider agroforestry adoption in Europe. To that end, it will encourage knowledge exchange amongst stakeholders, provide solutions to farmers, and propose relevant policy interventions that will elevate agroforestry to a key driver of farm productivity, socioeconomic viability and sustainability.


The primary mission of the project is to foster innovation, knowledge exchange and provide novel solutions to empower farmers in Europe and associated countries to deliver to multiple objectives: food production, carbon capture, and biodiversity. Agroforestry is an auspicious land use type, allowing farmers to continue producing food while significantly improving the environmental sustainability of their operations. Integration of trees into agricultural business contributes to a host of ecosystem services, lowering the environmental and social impact of food production. Past research has attempted to foster the renaissance of agroforestry in Europe, resulting in a sizeable knowledge base and modelling capability. The most critical barriers to agroforestry adoption in Europe relate to lack of knowledge, impact of tree planting on farm business, and unclear policy support positioned between agriculture and forestry. We will employ a co-creation and multi-actor approach as our fundamental research method to place agroforestry systems in the right balance of farm productivity, socio-economic viability and sustainability. We will maximise the use of existing knowledge and data, utilise agroforestry living labs built upon foundations laid by previous projects, and establish a stakeholder and actor engagement platform to enable knowledge transfer, training and innovation. This project will prioritise enhancing knowledge exchange and transfer, enabling the integration of carbon and biodiversity finance in farm business models, and by proposing targeted policy interventions as solutions to overcoming barriers to agroforestry expansion.


Net EU contribution
€ 480 350,00
Kamycka 129 suchdol
165 00 Praha

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Česko Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

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