LIVINGAGRO
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Cross Border Living laboratories for Agroforestry

About the project

Agroforestry - a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland - has varied benefits, including increased biodiversity and reduced erosion. The combination of agriculture and forestry in the Mediterranean is deeply rooted in a culture of tradition and niche production but fails nowadays to structure its knowledge to achieve an integrated system of good practices for the sustainability of production, the protection of the biodiversity of distinct ecosystems, the transfer of innovation and the increase in profitability for the territories/actors involved. Therefore, LIVINGAGRO will tackle these issues using an Open Innovation approach, based on the setting-up of two Living Laboratories making possible the co-creation of the economic and social values and the interactions between supply and demand, eliminating geographical and cultural barriers. A specific focus will be on olive multifunctional system (Living Laboratory 1) and grazed woodlands (Living Laboratory 2). Olive cultivation is representative of many Mediterranean rural areas, and traditionally olive orchards were and are often still managed as agroforestry systems, in combination with cereals, fodder legumes and/or pasture. Grazed woodlands are major agroforestry systems in the Mediterranean that highly contribute to sustaining Mediterranean local economies supplying both vegetal and animal products.

Key information

LIVINGAGRO
Cross Border Living laboratories for Agroforestry
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1 Technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece

Financial data

3.3 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

6
Partners
4
Countries
12
Technical outputs

Project duration

Start date
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Partnership

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Project outputs

Documents

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What will be improved?

The identification and implementation of innovative value chains in agroforestry will create new opportunities for local communities in terms of sustainable farming practices and products diversification. In addition, food production stability will be improved over time, providing agricultural products of high quality while coping with limited resources and environmental constraints and generating increased farmers’ income. Finally, the project will lead to different innovations with high business potential in the fields of agricultural machinery, food products, omics techniques, optimised uses of agricultural, forestry and breeding by-products and residues.

Who will benefit?

  • Farmers and their organisations, extension services
  • Consultancy firms, research centers, universities
  • Local authorities, public or private companies, SMEs, industry, policymakers
  • Users of the developed innovations
     

Expected achievements

  • 2 cross-border living laboratories established for innovation and technological transfer in agroforestry 
  • 4 research agreements between universities/research centers and the private sector 
  • 8 enterprises cooperating with research institutions in innovation activities
  • 6 training courses on business creation
  • 10 new products/services developed in the agroforestry sector
  • 30 science to business brokerage events
  • 20 technology transfer and intellectual property brokering services provided 
     
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LIVINGAGRO: Jordan beneficiary testifies the importance of innovation in Mediterranean olive multifunctional systems

Focus on the project's demonstration activities conducted in Jordan to eenhance soil fertility, sustainability, product yield and quali…

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[LIVINGAGRO] August 2021 e-newsletter, focus on innovations and field demonstrations for agroforestry

In addition two interesting interviews with a stakeholder of the olive oil sector and a partner institutional representative.

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LIVINGAGRO for the innovation of the Mediterranean olive oil sector: national open dialogue workshop held in Jordan

The open dialogue workshop took place in the first week of August to discuss the main challenges the Jordan olive oil sector is experiencing…

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Greek LIVINGAGRO partner recruiting an assistant in support to the grazed woodlands Living Lab

The candidate will collaborate with MAICh on acivities related to testing and development of innovative solutions for the sector.

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LIVINGAGRO for the Greek olive oil sector: Innovators and Stakeholders meet within the first brokerage event

First Business to Business online meeting successfully achieved in Greece with focus on olive multifunctional systems

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LIVINGAGRO boosts Greek agroforestry stakeholders through business to business meetings

The online meeting which take place from 20-22 July 2021 will represent an occasion for matching offer and demand of the Greek agroforestry stakeholders

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Greece: LIVINGAGRO is looking for a company to organize an online B2B event

The firm shall organize the brokerage event involving Greek key stakeholders with particular reference to Crete. Deadline for offer submission July 6th 2021.

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LIVINGAGRO seeking for innovation of Mediterranean agroforestry, read about the project's efforts within e-newsletter #6!

Starting from innovation needs investigated, the final selection of innovations for the sector is being m…

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LIVINGAGRO identifies innovation needs of agroforestry economic stakeholders

Improvement of soil fertility and reduction of production costs is where innovation is needed, as highlighted by the farmers consulted in Italy, Greece, Jordan and Lebanon.

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LIVINGAGRO is recruiting a technical expert in Italy

The procedure aims to appoint an expert for the creation and management of Living Laboratories in the field of agroforestry.

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Focus on networking and capitalization for agroforestry in LIVINGAGRO fifth newsletter

Find out a review of the capitalization events as well as an innovations-oriented study within the Living Laboratory on olive multifunctional systems,

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[LIVINGAGRO] Capitalization meeting addressing legal aspects related to science and research sets the base for new collaborations

The second LIVINGAGRO informal meeting was organized on last February 17th 2021, an opportunity for start…

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[LIVINGAGRO] capitalization webinar, a step forward for establishing Living Laboratory #2 on grazed woodlands

The event was organized on Jan. 28th 2021 addressing past and ongoing project experiences and best practices.

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LIVINGAGRO and NETKITE met towards the establishment of practical and effective synergies

LIVINGAGRO and NETKITE project met on last December 14th and 16th 2020 for a capitalization and networking meeting to share achieved results and best practices and identify po…

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Supplier wanted for developing the project's ICT platform

The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute is searching for an ICT platform supplier, interested companies can apply until 4th of January 2021 at 1.00 p.m. (Beirut time)

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Greece: LIVINGAGRO is looking for staff

CIHEAM-MAICH is looking for temporary staff with 1 full-time and one part-time position dedicated to support the impementation of the project activities.

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LIVINGAGRO: Lebanese Policies supporting agroforestry systems

The assessment of Lebanese polices supporting olive multifunctional systems was conducted in view of the establishment of LIVINGAGRO Living Laboratory 2.

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LIVINGAGRO: assessment of European Policies supporting agroforestry systems achieved

Read about the advancement of national and international policies focusing at EU level and dealing with agroforestry systems and olive multifunctional systems in particular.

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LIVINGAGRO: Greek partner looking for a documentation system supplier

MAICH is opening a tender for the supply of a gel documentation system, offers within November 3rd 2020

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LIVINGAGRO e-Newsletter edition n. 3 now available!

Within this edition an overview on the advancement of the project after a year of activities and some highlights from our Greek partner MAICH.

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LIVINGAGRO is looking for en external auditor in Lebanon

Interested companies can apply until 14th of September.

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LIVINGAGRO: Project Manager wanted in Lebanon!

The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) is recruiting a Project Manager for providing support to the National Coordinator of the project, apply now!

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LIVINGAGRO for Mediterranean agroforestry, overview about the progress of activities

Read a detailed overview of the ongoing project activities for achieving the two olive multifunctional systems and grazed woodlands Living Laboratories.

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LIVINGAGRO: financial auditing company wanted in Lebanon

The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute is looking for an external auditor. Deadline for proposals is July 27th 2020.

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25 May 2020
LIVINGAGRO DURING COVID-19: learn to know our Project Managers - Part III!

Introducing the partners 'NARC', Jordan and 'ATM Consulting', Italy.

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08 May 2020
LIVINGAGRO DURING COVID-19: learn to know our Project Managers - Part II!

Introducing the partners 'CNR DISBA', Italy and 'MAICH', Greece.

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28 April 2020
[LIVINGAGRO] VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Financial Reporting Officer

The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) is recruiting a Financial Reporting Officer.

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20 April 2020
LIVINGAGRO DURING COVID-19: learn to know our Project Managers - Part I!

Introducing the Lead Beneficiary "Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.", Italy and the partner "LARI", Lebanon.

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18 March 2020
LIVINGAGRO is recruting 3 researchers

The deadline for sending applications is March 31st, 2020.

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06 March 2020
Lebanon: job vacancy under the LIVINGAGRO project

The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute is looking for a Research Assistant. The deadline for sending applications is 20th of March 2020.

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28 February 2020
Presentation of LIVINGAGRO project to EU Ambassador to Jordan

H.E. Mrs Maria Hadjitheodosiou, Ambassador of the EU to Jordan, reiterated her support to ENI CBC Med projects during a recent visit to the premises to the National Agricultural Research Center.

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12 February 2020
LIVINGAGRO e-Newsletter edition n. 1 now available!

Discover the first edition of the LIVINGAGRO project e-Newsletter.

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22 January 2020
Discovering LIVINGAGRO, Episode 2

Understanding the concept of “Agroforestry”

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16 January 2020
EURAF2020 – LIVINGAGRO @ the European Agroforestry Conference

EURAF is the biennial initiative of the European Agroforestry Federation aimed at fostering the science and practice of agroforestry across Europe and beyond.

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09 December 2019
LIVINGAGRO, a GREAT, GREEN start!

Green light for our project, kick-off successfully concluded!

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16 November 2019
Discovering LIVINGAGRO project

Discover LIVINGAGRO, a new project funded under the ENI CBC Med Programme, 1st call for standard projects, addressing technological transfer and innovation in agroforestry!

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