As agroecology has increasingly been brought into the international dialogue on the future of food and agriculture, there have been calls for building the evidence base of its performance across the multiple dimensions of sustainability and its capacity to achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals. In response to this need, FAO (https://www.fao.org/forestry/agroforestry/90007/en/) coordinated the participatory development of the Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation (TAPE) (https://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/ca7407en/), whose general objective is to produce consolidated evidence on the extent and contextual use of agroecological practices and the performance of agroecological systems globally.

TAPE is an innovative and holistic framework and process that can support projects (among other uses) to include an agroecological approach to ensure that transformational contextualized practices for regenerated landscapes and sustainable livelihoods are developed and spread throughout targeted areas. TAPE has already been tested in more than 30 countries by different actors for different purposes and has recently been used to support the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD https://www.ifad.org/en/)’s Regeneration of Landscapes and Livelihoods (ROLL) project development in Lesotho (https://www.thegef.org/projects-operations/projects/10723).

WORLD IS UNDERVALUING NATURE, REPORT SAYS: Nature is predominantly seen as an economic asset — by supporting short-term growth through resource extraction — but that needs to change if the world wants to stop biodiversity loss, a new report warned. Penned by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES https://ipbes.net/), the report stated that indicators, such as GDP, often “overlook the non-market values associated with nature’s contributions to people,” their wellbeing and quality of life. But it added that other concepts for valuing nature, such as green economy, degrowth and earth stewardship, can help fill these gaps because they “seek a more diverse valuation of nature as a foundation for reconciling social, economic and ecological dimensions.” by Mr. Karl Reimand of Oxford University.

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The Forest Garden at farm Rydeholm appears like a towering island of soil health and biodiversity in a sea of monocultures: cereals, oilseed rape and sugar beets on the Scandinavian Söderslätt. The main tree crops here are sweet chestnut (Castaneva sativa), walnut (Juglans regia), hazelnut (Corylus), but also korean pine (Pinus koraiensis), almonds (Prunus dulcis), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) and araucaria (Araucaria araucana). Biodiversity, ecosystem services equivalent to wild, forest-like environments and regeneration have been set here as equal goals with the food production. The long-term vision is a replacement of the annual crops with tree crops; sweet chestnut and araucaria (which produces seeds) as replacements for cereals. Hazelnut and walnut as replacements for vegetable oil. The film is based on interviews with Anders Lindén, the sixth generation on the farm and one of the pioneers of the Swedish agroforestry movement. Why agroforestry? Food production have to take the increasing lack of natural resources - water, living soils and fossil energy, into account. Agroforestry systems have been shown to be of extreme benefit for improving the resilience of agricultural systems. Runningtime: 38 min.

These videos cover agroecology aspects such as: what is agroecology and how it can be used to achieve climate, environment and biodiversity commitments of the Green Deal while also meeting the Farm to Fork Strategy’s objectives; how agroecology main concepts and applications can be integrated in future programmes.

ReMIX is a Research and Innovation project, funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Program under Societal Challenge 2 - Food security, sustainable agriculture and the Bioeconomy. ReMIX will exploit the benefits of species mixtures to design more diverse and resilient arable cropping systems, making use of agro-ecology principles and adopting the EIP-Agri multi-actor approach.

OPTAIN - OPtimal strategies to retAIN and re-use water and nutrients in small agricultural catchments across different soil-climatic regions in Europe (EU-funded research and innovation project, 2020-2025) proposes a social and scientific journey towards the increase and better understanding of the multiple benefits of Natural/Small Water Retention Measures (NSWRMs). But why is this important? To better adapt to extreme events that exacerbate conflicts between agricultural water uses and other human and environmental demands for water. How is that done? By elaborating from the current state of knowledge, the experience of stakeholders from 14 case studies involved in the project and innovative scientific modelling and optimization approaches. Thus OPTAIN aims to:

- Identify efficient and easy-to-implement techniques for the retention and reuse of water and nutrients in small agricultural catchments across Boreal, Continental, and Pannonian regions.

- Optimize the spatial allocation and combination of NSWRM, based on environmental and economic sustainability indicators.

The overall objective of NEFERTITI is to establish an EU-wide highly connected network of demonstration and pilot farms designed to enhance knowledge exchanges, cross fertilization among actors and efficient innovation uptake in the farming sector through peer-to-peer demonstration of techniques on 10 major agricultural challenges in Europe.

A unique Network (selected for 4 years under Horizon 2020, Societal Challenge 2, RUR 12-2017 call) comprising 32 partners from 17 countries and coordinated by ACTA, the head of Network of the French Agricultural Technical Institutes.

The aim of the project is to explore the conditions of sustainability and robustness of European organic mixed livestock farms, integrating two or more animal species.

LIAISON is an EU-funded ‘research and innovation’ project that aims to help unlock the potential of “working in partnership for innovation” in agriculture, forestry and rural business.

We are a diverse team of academics and practitioners from 17 organisations in 15 countries. This website provides a window on our work together between May 2018 and April 2021. Feel free to download our project flyer as well and share it with your colleagues and friends.

You will find a lot of information here on our website. We have included explanation of the work we are doing (and why!), who we are working with and the materials we have produced for you – the users of our results.

The scope of the 2022 Joint Call is based on the ICT-AGRI-FOOD vision, which explicitly sets out to bring together actors from across the entire food system (from conventional and organic supply chains) in a multi-actor approach. The challenge is to develop systems that are efficient, effective, equitable, trustable and transparent while enhancing sustainability of these.

This call encourages the submission of research proposals with a potential impact relevant for enabling digital technology solutions towards a transition for more sustainable, transparent and resilient agri-food systems.

The development and integration of new digital technologies for precision agriculture/smart farming, logistics, food processing, supply chain management, traceability, business transaction should also favour transparency and traceability for all stakeholders, from farmers all way down to consumers and not least policy and decision makers.

Relevant effects along the value chain should be also considered, combining impacts on two or more phases including: primary production, manufacturing and processing, food packaging, distribution, consumers’ behaviour and attitude, household as well as catering consumption, including questions regarding wastes and losses through the food chain.

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COORDINATOR
Dr. Sara Burbi - Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Coventry University, Ryton Gardens Campus, CV8 LG, UK
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