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AGROMIX

Rooting through mixed and agroforestry farming systems across Europe: a participatory research to drive the transition to a resilient and efficient land-use

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AGROMIX is an ambitious and international research project — funded by the Horizon 2020 funding mechanism of the European Research Council (ERC) — aiming at driving the transition to resilient and climate-smart agriculture in Europe. Within the project, the implementing consortium will explore the opportunities provided by mixed farming (i.e. crops and livestock) and agroforestry (i.e. trees and crops and/or livestock) practices for carbon balance and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

AGROMIX will thus deliver innovative agroecological solutions to farmers and land managers, and related value chains, adopting innovative participative and multi-targeted approaches — such as a co-design process and implementation systems in highly complex contexts. This project will promote synergies not only at farm, local and regional level, but it will also steer collaboration with key stakeholders across Europe and worldwide.

CEEweb’s Role

Within the consortium, CEEweb for Biodiversity will lead the set-up of 14 multi-stakeholder policy workshops for the co-development of mixed farming/agroforestry policies within the European Union (EU), Eastern EU Member States, national states and federal states.

During the first set of seven workshops, CEEweb will present the inventory data and modelled scenarios to the participating stakeholders. The second and final set of seven workshops will contribute to the co-development of regional, national and EU-wide action plans to enable policy processes fostering cross-sectorial synergies for resilient mixed farming and agroforestry systems.

All in all, CEEweb’s task will contribute to the discussion and co-development of strategies for improving the existing policies, their design, and the implementation options, as well as to provide a gender-balanced assessment of policy recommendations.


PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: AGROforestry and MIXed farming systems — Participatory research to drive the transition to a resilient and efficient land use in Europe.

Duration: 48 months

Funding: € 6.999.255

Donor: Horizon 2020

Project Coordinator: Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience, Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Project Partners:

  • Belgium: Agroecology Europe; Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Wervel.
  • Estonia: Estonian University of Life Sciences.
  • France: The Organic Food and Farming Institute; National Institute of Agricultural Research.
  • Germany: Trier University of Applied Sciences; University of Koblenz-Landau; Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research.
  • Hungary: CEEweb for Biodiversity.
  • Ireland: Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority.
  • Italy: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; University of Pisa; Tenuta di Paganico Società Agricola; Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA); Veneto Agricoltura.
  • Poland: Polish Agroforestry Association (OSA).
  • Portugal: MVarc.
  • Serbia: Network for Rural Development of Serbia.
  • Spain: REVOLVE; University of Extremadura.
  • Switzerland: Agroscope; Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
  • The Netherlands: Wageningen University & Research.
  • United Kingdom: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute; Cranfield University; The Organic Research Centre.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 862993.

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