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.