Several issues were address over the meeting, such as cooperations of the nine regional agroforestry networks for creation of new innovations materials, the best ways of dissemination of these innovations, as well as further enrichment and maintenance of the AFINET Knowledge Cloud.


Mértola Municipality has recently started an initiative to implement a Local Food Network based on agroforestry and syntrophic practices.


Beja, in Alentejo, Portugal, welcomed the 36th “Ovibeja”, a fair aimed at the promotion of agriculture related content, from the 24th to the 28th of April.

Portuguese Innovation Broker, Joana Amaral Paulo

The event was held on the 17th of April, in Grândola, Alentejo, Portugal, and it was attended by the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.


Farmers and farmers' organisations, agroforesters, entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups, advisory services, universities, research technology organisations, rural networks, and anyone who may be involved in relevant projects or has experience with engaging in, designing and/or implementing crop rotation and/or crop diversification practices across Europe are invited to apply.


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.