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Agroforestry Innovation Networks (AFINET)

Objective

Agroforestry (AF) is the practice of deliberately integrating woody vegetation (trees or shrubs) with crop and/or animal systems to benefit from the resulting ecological and economic interactions. Research activities developed by AFINET partners indicates that appropriate application of AF principles and practices is a key avenue to help the European Union to achieve more sustainable methods of food and fibre production, producing both profits for farmers and environmental benefits. However up to now exists a lack of AF knowledge among end-users that prevent the correct implementation of these practices.
In this sense AFINET will act at EU level in order to take up research results into agricultural practice, improving knowledge exchange between scientists and practitioners on AF activities, with a special focus on silvoarable and silvopastoral systems design, management, and production and profitability. To achieve this objective AFINET consortium proposes an innovative methodology based on: (i) The creation of a EU reservoir of scientific and practical knowledge of AF with an end-user-friendly access (the “Knowledge Cloud”). (ii) The creation of a European Interregional network (composed of “Regional Agroforestry Innovation Networks” - RAINs) considering a multi-actor approach (including farmers, policy makers, advisory services, extension services, etc.), and articulated through the figure of the “Innovation Broker”. These RAINs groups will be interconnected in nine strategic regions of Europe from Spain, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Poland, France and Finland, representing different climatic, geographical, social, and cultural conditions at European level.
In addition, to create a greater user acceptance of the collected solutions and an intensive dissemination to end-users, AFINET will be linked to other networks, initiatives and policy instruments at regional, national and European level with a specific focus on the EIP-AGRI implementation.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/forestry
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-RUR-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 315 021,25

Participants (12)

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 134 925
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 157 062,50
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 256 031,25
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA, PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 119 250
Address
Czartoryskich 8
24 100 Pulawy
Activity type
Research Organisations
INAGRO, PROVINCIAAL EXTERN VERZELFSTANDIGD AGENTSCHAP IN PRIVAATRECHTELIJKE VORM VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 159 047,50
Address
Ieperseweg 87
8800 Rumbeke Roselare
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOPRONI EGYETEM KOOPERACIOS KUTATASI KOZPONT NONPROFIT KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 128 500
Address
Bajcsy Zs Utca 4
9400 Sopron
Activity type
Research Organisations
ABACUS AGRICULTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 80 950
Address
11 Longmead
GU1 2HN Guildford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 129 562,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN AGROFORESTRY FEDERATION ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 109 125
Address
Rue Pages 14
34070 Montpellier
Activity type
Other
ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE D AGROFORESTERIE, DES RACINES ET DES CIMES
France
EU contribution
€ 151 825
Address
2 Pl Pierre Viala Inra Umr System Bt 27
34000 Montpellier
Activity type
Other
FUNDACION EMPRESA UNIVERSIDAD GALLEGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 105 812,50
Address
Rua Lope Gomez De Marzoa Campus Universitario Sur
15705 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Finland
EU contribution
€ 152 875
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu
Activity type
Other