EU farming project launched at Cranfield University

28 January 2014

The first meeting of AGFORWARD, an EU funded research programme on agroforestry, has been held at Cranfield University.

The four-year €6 million project will be working with farmers and land owners in 15 countries across Europe to identify how agroforestry practices – farming with trees – can create profitable, productive, and environmentally beneficial farming systems.

The 26–strong group of prestigious European and international institutions will be co-ordinated by Dr Paul Burgess, from Cranfield’s Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Dr Burgess said: “Historically, agriculture and forestry have been managed and regulated separately. In the context of recent concerns on food security, a demand for bioenergy, and environmental issues which require thinking at a landscape-scale, we need a new approach.

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