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Monday, 15 October 2012

What potential does agroforestry hold for the future CAP?

More than 80 policy makers, farmer’s representatives, NGOs and scientists assembled on 10 October 2012 in the European Parliament to discuss the potential that agroforestry holds for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The event, entitled “Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture”, was organised and chaired by MEP Gaston Franco with the aim of promoting and supporting agroforestry at the European level. The event brought together many speakers with various backgrounds and perspectives, resulting in a demonstration of a diverse and sophisticated picture of the field.
Speakers discussed the advantages, profitability as well as the challenges of agroforestry. On the whole, it was agreed that agroforestry has a great potential to change our way of thinking about agricultural production systems and that now is the excellent time to bring this issue to the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform. This new idea may play a major role in the future negotiations on greening and may even redeem greening requirements.

Source: CAP