Agroforestry systems are divers and decisions on implementation and management can have strong effects on the biodiversity of such a system. With an evalutaion key, we want to support farmers in the decision making process and disclose the potential to promote biodiversity. In the beginning od September, we got to test our first version including walking a transect through a recently planted fodder hedge.

The first episode of our Agroforst Podcast, hosted in german, was released end of March. Now, we have listeneres in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and even in non-german speaking countries like Italy and Turkey. More than 3000 people have downloaded our episodes and we have gained 150 followers so far. Hopefully, we can continue this journey!

More and more climate protection projects are based on the carbon storage capacity of agroforestry systems. In the newsletter, we report on one such project and describe the difficulty of determining the actual amount of sequestered carbon.

In this podcast (broadcasted in German) we talk with people from practice, science, consulting and other areas. We learn about the diversity of agroforestry systems and hear about opportunities and challenges.

You can find the podcast on the link below and on Spotify, Apple podcast and Co.

A fodder hedge is not a new invention, but deserves new attention! In the January newsletter, you can read about what fodder hedges are, why you should promote them, and what practical tips you can use to make them a success.

Modern agroforestry systems are becoming more and more established in Switzerland. Consultants are increasingly confronted with this new cultivation system. The short seminar allowed for discussing the most pressing difficulties in agroforestry consulting.

Topics such as regenerative agriculture, permaculture, agroforestry and also the whole spectrum of agroecology are becoming increasingly important in Switzerland. We also have a very diverse network landscape in this regard, with its very own development goals, orientations and projects.
The meeting of the networks of constructing agriculture took place within the framework of the Co-Design Pilot Switzerland (WP2) and aimed to clarify the following questions:
- Do we need more exchange and cooperation?
- Do we need a common basic understanding of what we mean by "regenerative", "agroecological", "permaculture" or "restorative" agriculture?
- Where do the networks demarcate themselves from each other, where are there legitimate overlaps?
- How do we react when the terms "regenerative agriculture" are appropriated and misused?
This was the first meeting of its kind at national level. It took place at 20th september in Wädenswil.

This year, the word "water retention" is on everyone's lips, but unfortunately not in all soils. The current newsletter therefore focuses on how agroforestry can have an impact on the water balance.

There are still no independent
direct payments
specifically for agroforestry
systems. They are supported
by several cantons and and projects.
These offer the opportunity
to select new tree species.


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