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The presentations during the first part of the day showed how additional income can be gained from the cultivation of stinging nettle Urtica dioica, American gingseng Panax quinquefolium, mushrooms and hops Humulus lupulus. In the second part of the workshop, the participants could develop their ideas for creating new EIP-Agri Operational groups testing new innovations.


After several weeks of dissemination, 35 RAIN members attended the meeting, which took place on the 27th of February, at Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) in Lisbon.


Around 30 people attended the first cork inet inter-regional workshop from the Incredible project, which took place in ISA, Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting was dedicated to the subject: ‘Genetic variation of cork oak, a tool for regeneration of cork oak woodlands’.


RAIN members held a lively debate on opportunities for introducing and commercializing agricultural innovations in Poland. The key challenge is to find a leader, since there is still a lack of trust in Polish society, affected by experience of Communism.


Around 30 people attended the 4th Galician RAIN meeting , which took place on January 23th in Muras (Lugo).


The event was a big success and can be seen a milestone for agroforestry development in the country.

A new silvoarable site with hybrid poplars and peduncolate oak (not yet fully visible along tree line) for timber production, in Masi, Italy.

The fil rouge of the event was the role of multifunctional agriculture in harmonizing different land use systems and combining agro-food production, wood bio-economy and rural development, with the approach of sustainable intensification and environmental protection.

Noord-Brabant, in The Netherlands

The Agroforestry Network of Noord-Brabant in The Netherlands consists of about 50 farmers who have the ambition to apply agroforestry on their farm and/or want to experiment with it. To facilitate making use of experiences and knowledge available elsewhere, this network got in touch with the Flemish Consortium Agroforestry and their RAIN network within the AFINET project.


The 5th AFINET consortium meeting took place in Auch (France), from 27th to 30th November. Partners from the nine participating countries got together discuss how to broaden the impact of AFINET, involve the stakeholders and enhance agroforestry innovations in Europe, as well as to update the evaluation of the project and foresee future actions for the following and final year. 


Around 80 people attended the workshop and considered it a milestone in European agroforestry.