What's New

A new silvoarable site with hybrid poplars and peduncolate oak (not yet fully visible along tree line) for timber production, in Masi, Italy.

The fil rouge of the event was the role of multifunctional agriculture in harmonizing different land use systems and combining agro-food production, wood bio-economy and rural development, with the approach of sustainable intensification and environmental protection.

Noord-Brabant, in The Netherlands

The Agroforestry Network of Noord-Brabant in The Netherlands consists of about 50 farmers who have the ambition to apply agroforestry on their farm and/or want to experiment with it. To facilitate making use of experiences and knowledge available elsewhere, this network got in touch with the Flemish Consortium Agroforestry and their RAIN network within the AFINET project.


The 5th AFINET consortium meeting took place in Auch (France), from 27th to 30th November. Partners from the nine participating countries got together discuss how to broaden the impact of AFINET, involve the stakeholders and enhance agroforestry innovations in Europe, as well as to update the evaluation of the project and foresee future actions for the following and final year. 


Around 80 people attended the workshop and considered it a milestone in European agroforestry.


Subjects covered included starting a firewood business from coppicing field boundary hedges; plans for a diverse agroforestry system that will supply raw materials for cosmetics and an agroforestry nut tree nursery.


Participants at the meeting demonstrated to strongly believe in developing synergies among them and the feeling of cooperation is growing up with the aim to face the challenges to adopt new land use approach.


About 35 representatives of the Galician agroforestry sector, including farmers, researchers, producers associations and representatives of the regional Government, Xunta de Galicia, met for the third meeting of the AFINET RAIN, where they discussed and shared technical, economic or political innovations which promote agroforestry management in Galician forests and soils.

Photo: Josep Crous Duran

Quinta do Mocho, Várzea, in Santarém, Portugal, welcomed “AGROGLOBAL”, an event aimed at the promotion of agriculture related businesses, from the 5th to the 7th of September.

Foto: Ana Tomás

Around 30 people attended the meeting, which took place in EDIA’s headquarters in Beja, Portugal.


Members of the Finnish Agroforestry Innovation Network met to see how landscape and forest management can be combined with sheep herding.


The group discussed how to develop agroforestry in Poland in the context of national legislative acts and regulations and how include it in quality assessment systems with possible use of existing procedures and systems e.g. those existing within organic agriculture framework.


On 2nd of June, the stakeholders took part in the celebration of shepherds and wood pasture in Olaszfalu, a small village near the lake Balaton. On 23rd of June Balázs Kulcsár, organic producer, received the members of the network at “Valaha Tanya”, Vértesacsa, a small village near to Budapest.


The objective of this operation is to develop and implement a sustainable model for the cultivation, harvesting and management of agricultural farm using a new agroforestry system (fruits shrubs/trees intercropped with herbs) and biomass heating system fueled by pellets. 


Seventeen stakeholders participated in the training session. Most of them were farmers, people who just started a mushroom business or had plans to start one, researchers and people who would like to grow mushrooms in their own garden or balcony.


This organic farm currently has 25 hectares of vineyard, 80 ha of olive grove, 270 ha of carob tree, solar panels, 1000 sheep, 600 ha of forest/pasture, and a Nature Reserve, and it’s located on Vale de Acor, Mértola, Alentejo.


Kilpiän tila, a 75-hectare organic farm, managed by Tuomas and Iiris Mattila, adapted very well to an exceptionally dry start of the Finnish summer. 

Photo: Josep Crous-Duran

The 4th European Agroforestry Conference “Agroforestry as Sustainable Land Use” took place in Nijmegen (European Green Capital 2018), between 28th and 30th May 2018.


The 2nd European Symposium on Pollarding was held in Sare, France from the 1st to the 3rd of March 2018. It was organised by the French Agroforestry Association (AFAF), Euskal Herriko Laborantza Ganbara (EHLG), Maison Botanique de Boursay and Arbre et Paysage 32, with support from the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) the Organic Research Centre (ORC) and the AFINET project.


The fourth consortium meeting of AFINET took place from May 22nd to 25th in Krakow, and was held by polish partner IUNG-PNG.


Centro Nacional de Exposições, in Santarém, Portugal, welcomes “Feira Nacional de Agricultura”, dedicated this year to “Olive grove and olive oil”. There will be agricultural talks, equestrian events, food, olive oil and wine tasting, music concerts, the presence of practitioners, etc. AFINET project is attending the event.