The fact sheet explains on three pages what agroforestry is. It was produced by Christian Dupraz, researcher at INRA and former President of EURAF.
AGROFORESTRY: TREES FOR A SUSTAINABLE EUROPEAN AGRICULTURE
“Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture”, chaired by Gaston Franco, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the “Forestry” Group of the EP Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”. Wednesday 10th October 2012, European Parliament, Brussels
Bringing together over 80 participants including policy makers, farmer’s representatives, NGOs and renowned scientists, the event provided solutions to boost the potential of agroforestry in Europe under a greener and more competitive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Now is the opportune time to put this new farming system at the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform.
“In the face of the food security, environmental and economic challenges, agroforestry makes us rethink the place of trees under an integrated high nature value farming,” stated Gaston Franco, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the conference. Mrs. Benitez Salas, Director in DG Agriculture – European Commission - voiced strong support for agroforestry.
Strong EU recognition of the multiple assets of agroforestry is essential. The on-going CAP reform should pave the way to enshrined and spread agroforestry practices in Europe.
This document presents the proposal submitted by the AFAHC (French association for field trees and hedgerows) to the working group on ‟Field trees and the future CAP”, set up by the MAAPRAT (Ministry of agriculture, foodstuffs, fisheries, rural life and spatial planning). Among the participants of the working group are AFAF (French agroforestry association) and the APCA (Standing assembly of the French chambers of agriculture). The MEDDTL (Ministry of ecology, sustainable development, transport and housing) was also associated with this working group.