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AGFOSY Project


From the CONSOLE project we are delighted to present the AGFOSY Project.

AGFOSY is an Erasmus + strategic partnership project and is funded by the EU (The AGFOSY project has been funded with support from the European Commission, with reference number 2018-1-CZ01-KA202-048153).

The AGFOSY project is carried out by a consortium of seven partners from six different countries, they are working together to raise awareness and promote Agroforestry measures across Europe.

The AGFOSY project partners in Toulouse meeting, France on May 23 – 24th.
The AGFOSY project partners in Toulouse meeting, France on May 23 – 24th.

About the project

Agroforestry is defined as a land use system where woody vegetation grows in association with agricultural crops or livestock on the same land.

Thus, this combination increases the diversity of agricultural production, reduces farmers’ dependence on a crop, and provides many important environmental services (reduced soil erosion, water conservation, maintenance of soil fertility, conservation of biodiversity, etc.).

In addition, Agroforestry provides solutions to different problems, such as income diversification, unemployment and ecological services.

This system provides a wide range of services, making it possible to contribute to sustainable growth and mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Most importantly, Agroforestry helps to achieve the objectives of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the shift towards a low carbon and resilient economy in agriculture. In addition, Agroforestry leads to diversifying income and increasing productivity.

The project will be developed mainly in the north and center of continental Europe and looks for new systems that fit or help solve the specific collectivization heritage of Eastern Europe: large fields, treeless landscapes, etc.

From the CONSOLE project we are looking forward to hearing the results of your research.

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CONSOLE project and the provision of public goods

CONSOLE project and the provision of public goods

The CONSOLE project focuses on promoting agriculture and forestry delivery of public Agri-Environmental-Climate Goods (hereafter AECPG) through the development of improved contractual solutions.

The difficulty in the provision of public goods relates to the main challenges, such as trade-offs between environmental performance and farm profitability, time lag between action and impact, and potential mismatch between scales of action and its effects.

Agricultural policy in the European Union (EU) has partially reoriented its objective towards the provision of public goods in rural areas, recognizing current social demands. Also, the legislative proposal for the next CAP programming period envisages following this path.

CONSOLE project and the provision of public goods

CONSOLE project and the provision of public goods

However, the actions aimed at the delivery of AECPG are still considered unsatisfactory in terms of longevity, effectiveness and efficiency.

Improvements may come from a flexible combination of promising new instruments, such as land tenure systems, results-based payments or collective approaches, as well as better value chain strategies, but have so far been tried badly in practice in the EU.

An effective implementation of these solutions requires a consistent multi-level contractual framework that takes into account the surrounding context variables, such as the union with market goods, price systems, business networks, social capital, the experience of farmers and EU / national / local framework legislation.

Also, it must take into account the social, organizational and technological innovation processes, as well as the local specificities of the desired results. Finally, feasibility may depend on broader implications of different approaches, e.g. green box compliance and budget constraints.

As a comprehensive, innovative and collaborative approach is needed to ensure a systematic update of the provision of AECPG in Europe, CONSOLE boost its innovation in the durable delivery of AECPG by EU agriculture and forestry, by creating a Community of Practice (CoP), designing and testing effective and efficient cooperation models and developing a contractual framework to support the implementation by multiple actors.

The main expected output of the CONSOLE project is a framework to better design and implement AECPG contracts, built in conjunction with a ready CoP capable of applying the framework in a real-life context.