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DigitAF is a project funded by the European Union. A consortium of 26 European and international partners committed to provide digital tools to boost Agroforestry in Europe in order to meet climate, biodiversity and farming sustainability goals. Why is Agroforestry not common knowledge? Economic feasibility and institutional and political barriers stonewalled the implementation of agroforestry systems.  Furthermore, agroforestry efficiency highly depended on deep knowledge contexts and therefore needed to be designed locally to maximize benefits in terms of productivity, profitability, sustainability and provision of ecosystem services. What is DigitAF’ recipe to foster Agroforestry? We make the best of digital…

DigitAF is a project funded by the European Union.

A consortium of 26 European and international partners committed to provide digital tools to boost Agroforestry in Europe in order to meet climate, biodiversity and farming sustainability goals.

Why is Agroforestry not common knowledge?

Economic feasibility and institutional and political barriers stonewalled the implementation of agroforestry systems

Furthermore, agroforestry efficiency highly depended on deep knowledge contexts and therefore needed to be designed locally to maximize benefits in terms of productivity, profitability, sustainability and provision of ecosystem services.

What is DigitAF’ recipe to foster Agroforestry?

We make the best of digital technologies to:

  • collect data and evidences to support policy and decision makers for the implementation of agroforestry systems;
  • improve communication and boost networking to reach different targets;
  • implement a tailored multi-actor approach directly engaging with stakeholders whose decisions impact the spread of agroforestry practices.

The objectives of DigitAF are:

  • Support policy actors at regional, national and European level in order to design more efficient and effective policies to support agroforestry adoption and monitor their impact on biodiversity, climate change mitigation and agricultural sustainability
  • Support farmers in designing and managing agroforestry systems in order to optimize agronomic, economic, social and environmental performances
  • Allow actors in agroforestry value chains in order to verify and market benefits, including enhanced biodiversity, carbon sequestration, soil health. DigitAF also supports consumers looking for food of high nutritional quality and farmed respecting the environment
  • Overcome socio-technical barriers to a widespread implementation of agroforestry by setting up six Living Labs across the EU
  • Provide researchers and software developers with FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) open platforms in order to encourage data sharing and software interoperability and foster open science practices

DigitAF network

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

DigitAF contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the Agenda 2030 and notably:

SDG 12 “Responsible consumption and production”

DigitAF provides agroforestry-based sustainable practices to produce both healthier and more affordable food products

SDG 13 “Climate actions”

By supporting the implementation of agroforestry systems, DigitAF will support the agricultural sector’s green transition, contributing to GHG emissions reduction and climate neutrality

SDG 15 “Life on Land”

By supporting the implementation of agroforestry systems, DigitAF supports the restoration and promotion of sustainable terrestrial ecosystems, land restoration and enhances terrestrial biodiversity