News and Events

Patricks Worms announces the new dates :
  • Online EURAF GA November 9th 2020
  • EURAF Policy conference from the 16th to the 18th November 2020
  • EURAF Conference, Nuoro 17-19 May 2021

EURAF's 8th Agroforestry Policy Briefing looks in detail at the carbon-sequestration potential of agroforestry systems.  Agroforestry generally meets the carbon-project requirements for permanence ; leakage and additionality - but has high environmental benefits to society.


 This Briefing considers how the Commission and Agricultural Ministers propose to measure the success of national measures included in their CAP Strategic Plans.



Pillar II in the new CAP will give longer-term support to farmers for measures helping the environment and climate.  There will not be a menu of EU options for MS to choose from, but EURAF is suggesting to Member States...


Prof Jim McAdam (an Irish delegate to the Executive Board of EURAF) gave a presentation during DGCLIMA's 2nd Carbon Farming Roundtable on Wednesday, Sept. 23 on the results of a 30 year silvopastoral experimental trial at Loughgall, Northern Ireland.


One of the few silver linings to the Brexit clouds is the opportunity it gives the United Kingdom to experiment with different ways of supporting its farmers - and, judging by the herculean efforts needed to try to make the CAP agroforestry-friendly, those of us still in Europe may envy our British colleagues this opportunity!


Thanks to the effort of our Czech colleagues Jakub Houška and Bohdan Lojka, the IUAF has a home!


EURAF proposes five Agroforestry and Landscape Feature Eco-Schemes:

a) Planning for Agroforestry and Landscape Features

b) Tree-Landscape-Feature Establishment;

c) Tree-Landscape-Feature Enrichment;

d) Agroforestry Establishment;

e) Regeneration of Mature Agroforestry.


In late July, EURAF member and guiding light of the Woodland Forum, Stephen Briggs, had the pleasure of hosting a most distinguished visitor on his farm: His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales.


We invite you, to publish your scientific results of your agroforestry experiments with alley cropping systems in the Special Issue "Alley Cropping—Agroforestry Systems".


What is "enhanced conditionality" in the new CAP?  How does it differ from the "cross-compliance" we all love? What are the ten Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (or maybe Commandments)? Why are Parliament, Agriculture Ministers and the Commission fighting tooth and nail about something as innocent sounding as "GAEC-9".

Project site in Märkisch Wilmersdorf

Agroforestry is represented quite prominently in German TV and radio recently. The selected statements could help to transport the topic further into the population and politics.


The French Agroforestry Development Plan, running from 2015 to 2020, was set up by the French Government and coordinated by the Department of Agriculture, to develop and manage all agroforestry systems within the national territory. On July 9th, 2020, it has been evaluated.


On September 4th 2020, deputy Peter Drenth has given the go-ahead to the Agroforestry Network Gelderland. It is a new provincial network like already is existing in the province of Brabant (100 farmers connected).


As trees are at the core of agroforestry systems and practices, European institutions must encourage and support any effort to invest in agroforestry strategies so that agroforestry can rise a leader role in providing agricultural solutions but also in improving the environment as well as human health and wellbeing.


As agroforestry is nothing without trees and agriculture… EURAF is empty without its members!

This is why we have decided to meet with Ilze SILAMIKELE from the Latvian Ministry of agriculture and Anna PANOZZO, PhD student in Crop Science at the University of Padua in Italy.


Will farmers lose their "area-based" payments if they plant agroforestry?

What about existing trees on farms - is the crown area of these deducted from payments?

What difference does it make if the trees are marked as "Landscape Features" in IACS/LPIS?


The “European Green Deal” promised us a new “New Forest Strategy” to replace the old "New Forest Strategy" from 2013. But let's be honest: these Strategies have done little to promote the uptake of agroforestry by Member States over the past 25 years. We have some idea is to ensure that this time will be different.


For agroforesters, Christmas came early last year!  On 11th December, the European Green Deal was published. This overarching document guides European policy for the next 7 years and recognises the strategic importance of agroforestry! Read on to discover how that has permeated the top thinking at the Commission.


Forest grazing activities are usually recognized as historical former land use or new silvopastoral grazing experiments. This freshly published paper shows the importance of collaborating with holders of local and traditional knowledge in order to gain a better understanding of the effects of livestock grazing on vegetation in temperate forests in Hungary.