Two years ahead to drive Europes's transition towards resilient farms and efficient land use
18th November, Barcelona. — The third General Assembly of AGROMIX Project, celebrated in Pisa, Italy, from 7th-10th November 2022, marks the project’s halfway point. All 28 partners from 14 European countries convened to discuss and share the progress achieved since the project's inception in November 2020.
Three days of rigorous engagement and teamwork designed to accomplish AGROMIX’s objective: find solutions for the future of European landscapes and societies through the promotion of more resilient and agro-ecological based farming practices like agroforestry and mixed farming. The project focuses on a variety of ‘landscapes’ and seeks to address the physical, socio-economic, cultural, technological, and political aspects of the transition to more effective farming systems and land-use in Europe.
AGROMIX General Assembly in Residenza Le Benedettine, located in Pisa, Italy.
During the meeting, collaborative activities and interactive working groups were conducted to discuss and analyze different strategies to follow in order to have a societal, environmental, and economic impact. Project partners have two more years to maximize AGROMIX’s impact regarding resilient farming and efficient land use in Europe. Without a clear strategy, the results will just be another solution that will stay on the shelf, soon to be forgotten.
To prevent this from happening, AGROMIX has set up different action plans, which will help translate the different deliverables into tangible material. This includes, for example, the identification of internal partners and external agents, the production of dissemination material, and joining forces with two other Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation projects; MIXED and STARGATE. The different strategies to follow will help reach the right stakeholders and have a greater and long-lasting impact.
Some of the key activities that AGROMIX partners will be presenting in the upcoming two years are; (1) a categorisation of European mixed and agroforestry sites, projects, networks and organisations, (2) a report that will include farm-level financial data (farm business performance) and wider socio-economic data available at farm-level, (3) an inventory report of current policy contexts of mixed farming and agroforestry systems, (4) at least four factsheets that illustrate resilience methodologies to access resilience applied to mixed farming and agroforestry systems, (5) a resilience handbook and working definitions illustrated with examples and figures, (6) a MIX-App prototype version.
Collaborative activities at AGROMIX General Assembly in Pisa, Italy.
AGROMIX’s outputs come from on-the-ground experience working with farmers on 12 pilot sites, and six long-term trial sites. During the General Assembly of AGROMIX, project partners also visited its on-farm experiments in one of the pilot sites, Caseificio Sociale di Manciano, and in two of the trial sites, Tenuta di Paganico and Arnino, all of them located in Tuscany, Europe's leading region for agricultural innovation and agribusiness.
AGROMIX partners visiting its on-farm experiment in Tenuta Di Paganico, Italy.
▲ About AGROMIX
Coordinated by Coventry University, the AGROMIX project aims to drive the transition towards resilient farming, efficient land use management, and more sustainable agricultural value chains in Europe. Funded by the Horizon 2020 European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme, the project brings together 28 partners from 14 countries that will explore multi-actor co-design methods to promote and implement mixed farming and agroforestry practices across Europe.