The 5th meeting of the Portuguese RAIN of the project AFINET will be taking place at Observatório do Sobreiro e da Cortiça, in Coruche, Santarém, Portugal, on the 13th of September.


Debating in the vicinity of serene and idyllic countryside landscape, the participants were happy to share their experiences about the project and agroforestry in general. 


A meeting different from the others organized during the AFINET events, not just a moment of knowledge transfer on agroforestry, but a moment of direct confrontation, ideas implementation and project start-up.


The World Congress on Agroforestry took place in Montpellier on 20th to 22nd of May. More than 1000 delegates and leading keynote speakers from different profiles (researchers, policy makers, farmers, donors, government officials, students, the private sector and civil society members) and coming from all over the world gathered over three days to promote the progress of agroforestry science and practice.


Read these factsheets and learn about a broad range of topics, such as the valorization of residues from the olive oil value chain, crop diversification, mushroom cultivation and other innovative ideas and practices.


They cover topics as implementing different tree species, such as walnut trees or sweet chestnut trees in silvoarable or silvopastoral systems, or the benefits of silvopasture for domestic animals in terms of diet, shade, shelter or body maintenance.


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.