Project

AGROMIX delivers participatory research to drive the transition towards resilient farming and efficient land use in Europe.

Ambitions

Increase

agroforestry 
knowledge

Create

new business 
models

Integrate

agroecology 
in policy

Empower

farmers

Objectives

Increase understanding of how mixed farming and agroforestry systems work

The project collects information from previous projects, ongoing trial sites and the experiences of farmers and land managers to identify the best options for transitioning towards these systems in each region of Europe.

Ensure access to more sustainable produce for consumers and stable income for land managers

AGROMIX analyses current agricultural value chains and identifies obstacles to innovation in different agro-climatic and socio-economic contexts, using these findings to present practical solutions to transition towards alternative land use systems. Implementing mixed farming and agroforestry allows farmers to diversify their production, reducing their dependence on the success of a single product, thus improving their income stability.

Create tools that support farmers and land managers in transitioning towards agroecological systems

From its network of 83 agricultural study sites, AGROMIX selected 12 pilot projects based in three agro-climatic zones (Atlantic, Continental, Mediterranean) to develop, test and improve models and user-friendly tools to assist land managers in implementing and monitoring climate-resilient land use based on mixed farming and agroforestry principles.

Estimate systems’ performance across different regions

AGROMIX uses results from its 12 in-depth studies to develop models and transition scenarios adapted to the climates of each agro-climatic region, presenting policy options for different scales and time frames.

Develop policy recommendations for a successful transition

With the support of innovative tools (such as serious games), AGROMIX contributes to policy development and stakeholder-led action plans to integrate agroecological principles into existing policy frameworks. These policy recommendations support the transition towards resilient agricultural systems that mitigate climate change in different socio-economic contexts at the local, regional, national and EU levels.

Support the development of low-carbon and climate-resilient societies

Using a transdisciplinary, multi-actor approach, AGROMIX facilitates collaboration between farmers, researchers and policymakers, working together to design and implement low-carbon and climate-resilient societies.

01. Increase understanding of how mixed farming and agroforestry systems work

The project collects information from previous projects, ongoing trial sites and the experiences of farmers and land managers to identify the best options for transitioning towards these systems in each region of Europe.

02. Ensure access to more sustainable produce for consumers and stable income for land managers

AGROMIX analyses current agricultural value chains and identifies obstacles to innovation in different agro-climatic and socio-economic contexts, using these findings to present practical solutions to transition towards alternative land use systems. Implementing mixed farming and agroforestry allows farmers to diversify their production, reducing their dependence on the success of a single product, thus improving their income stability.

03. Create tools that support farmers and land managers in transitioning towards agroecological systems

From its network of 83 agricultural study sites, AGROMIX selected 12 pilot projects based in three agro-climatic zones (Atlantic, Continental, Mediterranean) to develop, test and improve models and user-friendly tools to assist land managers in implementing and monitoring climate-resilient land use based on mixed farming and agroforestry principles.

04. Estimate systems’ performance across different regions

AGROMIX uses results from its 12 in-depth studies to develop models and transition scenarios adapted to the climates of each agro-climatic region, presenting policy options for different scales and time frames.
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05. Develop policy recommendations for a successful transition

With the support of innovative tools (such as serious games), AGROMIX contributes to policy development and stakeholder-led action plans to integrate agroecological principles into existing policy frameworks. These policy recommendations support the transition towards resilient agricultural systems that mitigate climate change in different socio-economic contexts at the local, regional, national and EU levels.

06. Support the development of low-carbon and climate-resilient societies

Using a transdisciplinary, multi-actor approach, AGROMIX facilitates collaboration between farmers, researchers and policymakers, working together to design and implement low-carbon and climate-resilient societies.

How We Work

AGROMIX is divided into eight work packages

Implemation diagram

1
Context
2
Systems design and synergies
3
Biophysical indicators and scenarios
4
Participatory research and tools for a climate-smart transitian
5
Socio-economic, value chain and network assessment
6
Policy co-developmen
7
Communication, dissemination and exploitation
8
Coordination

WP1 contextualises and characterises mixed farming and agroforestry systems. WP1’s team studies existing successful land use practices and identifies knowledge gaps, evaluating these systems’ resilience to the effects of climate change.

Deliverables

D1.1 Handbook of resilience and working definitions (EMU, M6)
D1.2 Report on ecosystem services and disservices from MF/AF systems for climate-smart agriculture (CU, M9)
D1.3 Report on indicators of resilience of farming systems to climate change (WR, M9)
D1.4 Report on the impact of climate change on mixed farming and agroforestry systems in Europe (UEX, M12)
D1.5 Report on revision of project results and methodological aspects (UNIPI, M46)

Due to each region’s unique environmental, social and economic conditions, no one model for implementing mixed farming and agroforestry can be replicated across all of Europe’s landscapes. WP2 uses a participatory design approach to design tailor-made scenarios for specific contexts based on the Reflexive Interactive Design method. This WP engages with multiple initiatives across Europe to collect data, making the knowledge collected accessible for all audiences.

Deliverables

D2.1 Manual of participative design method for mixed and agroforestry systems (WR, M44)
D2.2 Catalogue and assessment of designs for mixed and Agroforestry systems (ILVO, M48)
D2.3 Catalogue of European mixed and agroforestry initiatives and documentation of the two network meetings (ZHAW, M44)
D2.4 Experiences from the first round of RID Pilots (ILVO, M25)

The aim of WP3 is to identify and model key transition scenarios. These will be used to highlight policy options and potential trade-offs in climate-smart land use systems, value chains and infrastructure at different scales.

Deliverables

D3.1 Climate resilience: from concept to practice (AGROSCOPE, M36)
D3.2 Climate resilience of mixed and agroforestry farming in Europe (CRAN, M36)
D3.3 European target regions for Mixed Farming and Agroforestry (MVARC, M42)
D3.4 Handbook of indicators with EIP-style factsheets for evaluating climate-smart farming systems and inventory guidelines (AFBI, M48)
D3.5 Draft framework to identify European target regions for Mixed Farming and Agroforestry (MVARC, M30)
D3.6 Climate resilience concept farming (AGRSOCOPE, M15)
D3.7 Methodological approaches to access climate resilience (CRAN, M16)

WP4 studies AGROMIX’s 12 pilot projects from the participative design platform (WP2), the data from modelling scenarios (WP3) and the results from the socio-economic models (WP5). This information will be used to develop and test tools and applications to support decision making for land management, including a serious game: the MIX-App.

Deliverables

D4.1 Multi-criteria assessment report of the 12 co-design pilots (ACTA, M39)
D4.2 Participatory land plan for climate-smart MF and AF systems of the 6 codesign pilots (SSSA, M46)
D4.3 MIX-App Prototype version (WR, M36)
D4.4 MIX-App prototype participatory testing and evaluation report (WERVEL, M46)

WP5 presents the obstacles and enabling factors of implementing these land use systems at the farm and value chain levels. This knowledge is used to adapt mixed farming and agroforestry models, and to identify potential socio-economic impacts and ecosystem services of these systems, including climate change mitigation potential in different scenarios.

Deliverables

D5.1 Assessment of the farm level financial and socioeconomic performance of selected MF/AF systems (UNIPI, M12)
D5.2 Characteristics of successful VCN (ORC, M12)
D5.3 Acceptance, institutional barriers and conditions to adoption of successful and improved VCN approaches (UNIPI, M24)
D5.4 Integrated economic and life cycle assessment of the impact of policy instruments to support improved mixed and forestry-based systems (ZALF, M32)
D5.5 Guidelines for successful MFS value networks (CRAN, M36)

WP6 addresses the challenge of public goods from agriculture and forestry, and identifies current obstacles to implementing these systems, such as a lack of supporting policy frameworks. This work package supports the development of national and EU policies (post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy) to overcome trade-offs and conflicts. The WP6 team proposes new policies at the regional, national and EU level for farmers, advisers, processors, and other stakeholders.

Deliverables

D6.1 Inventory report of current MF/AF policy instruments (AEEU, M12)
D6.2 Policy scenarios in the EU, Eastern EU member states and four national states (CU, M24)
D6.3 Report from 14 multistakeholder policy workshops for the codesign of MF/AF policies (CEEweb, M36)
D6.4 EU-level MF/AF policy white paper and ‘AGROMIX summit’ (AEEU, M48)

WP7 bridges the gap between science and practice. To ensure the impact of AGROMIX’s activities and research, the WP7 team uses storytelling and visual design to create shared spaces for knowledge exchange between all targeted stakeholders, ensuring collaboration with related projects and networ

Deliverables

D7.1 Visual identity for the project, project website and communication tools (REV, M6)
D7.1 Visual identity for the project, project website and communication tools (REV, M6)
D7.2 Communication Plan and tools (REV, M12)
D7.3 Report on Synergies in resilience research (CU, M24)
D7.4 Report on the Knowledge Exchange Hubs (REV, M36)
D7.5 Report on demonstrating effective communication engagement with stakeholders and media dissemination and exploitation (REV, M48)
D7.6 Practice abstracts - batch 1 (REV, M12)
D7.7 Practice abstracts - batch 2 (REV, M24)
D7.8 Practice abstracts - batch 3 (REV, M36)

WP8 manages and oversees the project, ensuring that partners effectively communicate with each other and engage with stakeholders, allowing AGROMIX to fulfil its ambitions. The WP8 team ensures that AGROMIX’s research is delivered effectively, and encourages engagement at the national, EU and international levels.

Deliverables

D8.1 Data Management Plan (CU, M6)
D8.1 Data Management Plan (CU, M6)
D8.2 Documentation report of advisory board (CU, M46)
D8.3 Quality assurance report (CU, M48)

Implemation diagram

01. Context

WP1 contextualises and characterises mixed farming and agroforestry systems. WP1’s team studies existing successful land use practices and identifies knowledge gaps, evaluating these systems’ resilience to the effects of climate change.

Deliverables

D1.1 Handbook of resilience and working definitions (EMU, M6)
D1.2 Report on ecosystem services and disservices from MF/AF systems for climate-smart agriculture (CU, M9)
D1.3 Report on indicators of resilience of farming systems to climate change (WR, M9)
D1.4 Report on the impact of climate change on mixed farming and agroforestry systems in Europe (UEX, M12)
D1.5 Report on revision of project results and methodological aspects (UNIPI, M46)

02. Systems design and synergies

Due to each region’s unique environmental, social and economic conditions, no one model for implementing mixed farming and agroforestry can be replicated across all of Europe’s landscapes. WP2 uses a participatory design approach to design tailor-made scenarios for specific contexts based on the Reflexive Interactive Design method. This WP engages with multiple initiatives across Europe to collect data, making the knowledge collected accessible for all audiences.

Deliverables

D2.1 Manual of participative design method for mixed and agroforestry systems (WR, M44)
D2.2 Catalogue and assessment of designs for mixed and Agroforestry systems (ILVO, M48)
D2.3 Catalogue of European mixed and agroforestry initiatives and documentation of the two network meetings (ZHAW, M44)
D2.4 Experiences from the first round of RID Pilots (ILVO, M25)

03. Biophysical indicators and scenarios

The aim of WP3 is to identify and model key transition scenarios. These will be used to highlight policy options and potential trade-offs in climate-smart land use systems, value chains and infrastructure at different scales.

Deliverables

D3.1 Climate resilience: from concept to practice (AGROSCOPE, M36)
D3.2 Climate resilience of mixed and agroforestry farming in Europe (CRAN, M36)
D3.3 European target regions for Mixed Farming and Agroforestry (MVARC, M42)
D3.4 Handbook of indicators with EIP-style factsheets for evaluating climate-smart farming systems and inventory guidelines (AFBI, M48)
D3.5 Draft framework to identify European target regions for Mixed Farming and Agroforestry (MVARC, M30)
D3.6 Climate resilience concept farming (AGRSOCOPE, M15)
D3.7 Methodological approaches to access climate resilience (CRAN, M16)

04. Participatory research and tools for a climate-smart transitian

WP4 studies AGROMIX’s 12 pilot projects from the participative design platform (WP2), the data from modelling scenarios (WP3) and the results from the socio-economic models (WP5). This information will be used to develop and test tools and applications to support decision making for land management, including a serious game: the MIX-App.

Deliverables

D4.1 Multi-criteria assessment report of the 12 co-design pilots (ACTA, M39)
D4.2 Participatory land plan for climate-smart MF and AF systems of the 6 codesign pilots (SSSA, M46)
D4.3 MIX-App Prototype version (WR, M36)
D4.4 MIX-App prototype participatory testing and evaluation report (WERVEL, M46)

05. Socio-economic, value chain and network assessment

WP5 presents the obstacles and enabling factors of implementing these land use systems at the farm and value chain levels. This knowledge is used to adapt mixed farming and agroforestry models, and to identify potential socio-economic impacts and ecosystem services of these systems, including climate change mitigation potential in different scenarios.

Deliverables

D5.1 Assessment of the farm level financial and socioeconomic performance of selected MF/AF systems (UNIPI, M12)
D5.2 Characteristics of successful VCN (ORC, M12)
D5.3 Acceptance, institutional barriers and conditions to adoption of successful and improved VCN approaches (UNIPI, M24)
D5.4 Integrated economic and life cycle assessment of the impact of policy instruments to support improved mixed and forestry-based systems (ZALF, M32)
D5.5 Guidelines for successful MFS value networks (CRAN, M36)

06. Policy co-development

WP6 addresses the challenge of public goods from agriculture and forestry, and identifies current obstacles to implementing these systems, such as a lack of supporting policy frameworks. This work package supports the development of national and EU policies (post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy) to overcome trade-offs and conflicts. The WP6 team proposes new policies at the regional, national and EU level for farmers, advisers, processors, and other stakeholders.

Deliverables

D6.1 Inventory report of current MF/AF policy instruments (AEEU, M12)
D6.2 Policy scenarios in the EU, Eastern EU member states and four national states (CU, M24)
D6.3 Report from 14 multistakeholder policy workshops for the codesign of MF/AF policies (CEEweb, M36)
D6.4 EU-level MF/AF policy white paper and ‘AGROMIX summit’ (AEEU, M48)

07. Communication, dissemination and exploitation

WP7 bridges the gap between science and practice. To ensure the impact of AGROMIX’s activities and research, the WP7 team uses storytelling and visual design to create shared spaces for knowledge exchange between all targeted stakeholders, ensuring collaboration with related projects and networ

Deliverables

D7.1 Visual identity for the project, project website and communication tools (REV, M6)
D7.1 Visual identity for the project, project website and communication tools (REV, M6)
D7.2 Communication Plan and tools (REV, M12)
D7.3 Report on Synergies in resilience research (CU, M24)
D7.4 Report on the Knowledge Exchange Hubs (REV, M36)
D7.5 Report on demonstrating effective communication engagement with stakeholders and media dissemination and exploitation (REV, M48)
D7.6 Practice abstracts - batch 1 (REV, M12)
D7.7 Practice abstracts - batch 2 (REV, M24)
D7.8 Practice abstracts - batch 3 (REV, M36)

08. Coordination

WP8 manages and oversees the project, ensuring that partners effectively communicate with each other and engage with stakeholders, allowing AGROMIX to fulfil its ambitions. The WP8 team ensures that AGROMIX’s research is delivered effectively, and encourages engagement at the national, EU and international levels.

Deliverables

D8.1 Data Management Plan (CU, M6)
D8.1 Data Management Plan (CU, M6)
D8.2 Documentation report of advisory board (CU, M46)
D8.3 Quality assurance report (CU, M48)

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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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