DigitAF partners – Consortium
DigitAF consortium brings together 26 partners from 17 different countries and in particular: All DigitAF partners are listed here below: ACTA – Association de Coordination Technique Agricole Country: France ACTA is a unique association in Europe coordinating and federating the 18 technical agricultural institutes in France, organized by animal and plant productions. The technical institutes represent the applied research level of the French agricultural research and development system. ACTA and the technical institutes were created and are still directed by the farmers themselves. The technical institutes are aimed to meet the farmers’ expectations in term of research to give…
DigitAF consortium brings together 26 partners from 17 different countries and in particular:
- 12 Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs)
- 5 Universities
- 4 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
- 1 Cooperative
- 4 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
All DigitAF partners are listed here below:
ACTA – Association de Coordination Technique Agricole
ACTA is a unique association in Europe coordinating and federating the 18 technical agricultural institutes in France, organized by animal and plant productions. The technical institutes represent the applied research level of the French agricultural research and development system. ACTA and the technical institutes were created and are still directed by the farmers themselves. The technical institutes are aimed to meet the farmers’ expectations in term of research to give them directly applicable results. Their activities aim to improve competitiveness of farms and adapt production systems to the society expectations, reply to the request on processing products and quality approach from the producer to the consumer. Those institutes play major roles in scientific and technical watch, experimentation, knowledge assembly, dissemination and training, support to public policies in relation with INRAE, extension services and enterprises (cooperatives,…). ACTA represents technical agricultural institutes with professional authorities at the national and European levels.
AGROSCOPE – Eidgenössisches Departement Für Wirtschaft, Bildung Und Forschung
Agroscope is the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research, and is affiliated with the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG). Agroscope researches along the entire value chain of the agriculture and the food sector and makes an important contribution to a sustainable agriculture and food sector as well as to an intact environment, thereby contributing to an improved quality of life.
CIRAD – Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement
CIRAD is the French agricultural research and cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) works with its partners to build knowledge and solutions and invent resilient farming systems for a more sustainable, inclusive world. It mobilizes science, innovation and training in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Its expertise supports the entire range of stakeholders, from producers to public policymakers, to foster biodiversity protection, agroecological transitions, food system sustainability, health (of plants, animals and ecosystems), sustainable development of rural territories, and their resilience to climate change.
COOPC – La Coop Carbone
Coop Carbone is a solidarity cooperative in Québec (Canada) whose mission is to take actions against the climate emergency by supporting the implementation of collaborative projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We encourage participation, co-creation and collaboration in order to nurture this network of partners that maximizes the impact of our actions because together we are stronger and united.
CRAN – Cranfield University
Country: United Kingdom
Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate-only university situated in England, about one hour north of London. We are at the forefront of imagining and delivering a sustainable green planet. The School of Water, Energy, and Environment includes 200 staff who are working to improve the sustainability of food, land, energy and water management. Cranfield staff have developed and used biophysical and bioeconomic models like Yield-SAFE and Farm-SAFE to describe the agronomic, financial and effects effect of agroforestry.
CZU – Česka Zemědělská Univerzita v Praze
Country: Czech Republic
The Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (FFWS CZU) provides a comprehensive forestry education system to encourage and support rational forest management and sustainable utilization of its huge natural resources. CZU is a respected international research centre and much of the research undertaken by the Faculty is published in academic journals, presented at conferences, congresses and in educational programs in the public media as well.
DAFE – University of Pisa
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (DAFE) of the University of Pisa, is the oldest center for agricultural sciences in the world. The DAFE is in charge of 4 different university courses and the research activities are concerning agricultural and environmental economy, rural sociology, agricultural science, botany, genetics, food science, rural engineering and rural building, animal science, plant protection and agronomy. The animal science research group is involved in numerous international research projects targeting the improvement of the sustainability of livestock productions. The research activities are focused on the agroecological transition of conventional livestock farming systems towards sustainable mixed and agroforestry systems in the Mediterranean. Researchers are involved in several multi-actor projects aiming to develop participatory approach to unlock synergies in mixed farming and agroforestry systems and to achieve agro-environmental and socio-economic resilience in the context of climate change.
DeFAF – Deutscher Fachverband für Agroforstwirtschaft
DeFAF is committed to all concerns regarding the establishment, management, dissemination and promotion of agroforestry systems. Founded in 2019 as a registered NGO, DeFAF has >330 members. Together with the board and the advisory council, its grass-root ambition relies largely on voluntary contributions of its members, coordinated and supported by 8 members of staff. DeFAF’s main fields of action are the provisioning of information, preliminary advisory services, networking activities between practitioners, the sciences and politics, including policy related research.
EFI – European Forest Institute
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organization with 30 member countries and around 130 associate and affiliate member organizations. EFI undertakes forest research and policy support at pan-European and global level, with headquarters located in Joensuu, Finland. EFI has its other main offices in Barcelona, Bonn and Brussels. The Institute has app. 120 staff members.
ELO – European Landowners Organization
The European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO) is a federation of national landowners’ associations from the 27 EU member states and beyond, representing the interests of landowners, land managers and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level. The ELO is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable and prosperous countryside through the dynamics of private ownership, and raising awareness of environmental and agricultural issues. In pursuing its objectives, the ELO takes into account the contemporary challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
ERDYN – Erdyn Consultants
Erdyn is a Paris-based consulting company specialized in innovation, providing support for European and national funding programs proposal preparation, project management, strategic and market studies. Following a successful support for the set-up of DigitAF, Erdyn is assisting the coordinator in the management of the project: internal coordination and communication, technical and financial reporting, organization of progress meetings, monitoring of actions (activities, deliverables, milestones, risks). Erdyn is also supporting the communication of the project.
EURAF – Fédération Européenne d’Agroforésterie
EURAF is an NGO registered in France with an EU Transparency Register ID of 913270437706-82. It aims “to promote the adoption of agroforestry practices across Europe by supporting efforts to develop awareness, education, research, policy making and investments fostering the use of trees on farms”. EURAF has a network of 31 Affiliated Entities in 23 European Countries.
EV ILVO – Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw- En Visserijonderzoek
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries in a from farm to fork approach. Its mission consists in performing and coordinating policy- and practice-supporting scientific research and associated public service, hence accumulating fundamental and applied knowledge. In DigitAF, the Plant Sciences Research Unit of ILVO is involved. The institute also has an Expertise Centre for Agriculture and Climate and is coordinator of the Consortium Agroforestry Flanders.
GRAB – Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture biologique
GRAB is a 1979 non for profit organization doing on-farm research in organic farming (fruit, vegetables, vineyard crops). The 16 people team carries out most of research in farmers crops, in multidisciplinary fields : agronomy, functional biodiversity, plant pathology, varietal assessment, agroforestry performance.
ICRAF – International Centre for Research in Agroforestry
World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is a centre of science and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, it develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.
INRAE – Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement
INRAE is one of the world’s top institute for research on agriculture, food, and the environment. Three research units are involved in DigitAF. ABSys (Biodiversified agrosystems) produces knowledge and tools to understand, design and assess diversified cropping systems, including agroforestry systems. AMAP (botAny and Modeling of Plant Architecture and vegetation) studies plants and plant communities to predict responses to environmental forcing. PIAF (integrative physics and Physiology of Trees in Fluctuating Environments) studies the responses of the trees to abiotic factors, in particular to cold temperatures, drought, wind.
LBI – Stichting Louis Bolk Instituut
The Louis Bolk Institute conducts research in the fields of sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health in The Netherlands. In our research, nature serves as a source of inspiration, as do pioneering farmers, health care professionals and the food industry. Our focus is on integrated methods that can be applied in practice. In DigitAF LBI coordinates the Living Lab in The Netherlands.
The MVArc mission embraces research, development and demonstration of agroecological approaches to sustainable land management in a dryland landscape/semi-arid climate. Within a farm environment near Mértola, Alentejo, south of Portugal, MVarc’s unique approach is to combine a plot and landscape modelling lab with plot to watershed/catchment scale experimental trials investigating agroecological approaches to land management in a dryland system. The modelling lab builds on more than 15 years experience of its staff on process-based models, sustainability assessment, agroforestry and organic agricultural research. Furthermore a long experience on development of stand alone and web-based tools that capture the complexity of biophysical relationships between trees, agriculture and the environment allows us to understand and improve management decisions under scenarios of climate change at different scales (plot, farm, landscape, regions, continental) while also considering financial and economic criteria in the decision-making process.
Regen Farmer is a Danish SME on a mission to accelerate the adoption of agroforestry by leveraging advances in digital technology. The company is developing digital tools for agroforestry farmers and advisors to help them design, finance and implement profitable agroforestry systems.
reNature utilizes the vast potential of Regenerative Agriculture in fighting today’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, poverty, biodiversity loss, and food insecurity. We rethink the way farming is currently done going beyond sustainability by designing and implementing diverse, regenerative systems on all scales. We are a diverse, dedicated team. Together with our partners, we bring together knowledge about regenerative agriculture, impact monitoring, stakeholder engagement and more to make the business case for regenerative agriculture around the world.
SAVANNA – Savanna Institute
Country: United States
The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with farmers and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry adoption in the Midwest US. Inspired by the native savanna ecosystems that once covered much of this region, the Savanna Institute conducts research, education, and outreach to support the growth of diverse, perennial agroecosystems.
SINERGISE – Sinergise Laboratorij za Geografskeinformacijske Sisteme Doo
Sinergise is a GIS company building large turn-key geospatial systems in the fields of cloud GIS, agriculture and real-estate administration. Sinergise was established in 2008 to develop enterprise-level solutions for managing spatial data, especially for support in land administration and agriculture processes. Sinergise’s clients include government institutions such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning as well as other administration bodies. Originating from Slovenia, first applications were installed locally. In recent years Sinergise obtained clients from Central and Western Europe and Africa.
UEX – Universidad de Extremadura INDEHESA
INDEHESA is a research institute of the University of Extremadura. UEX’s INDEHESA team include experts on silvopastoralism and other agroforestry schemes, fodder crops and forage production, soil microbiology, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services.
UGHENT – Universiteit Gent
The Forest & Nature Lab (ForNaLab) is part of the department of Environment in the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University in Belgium. Ghent University (°1817) itself is a top 100 university and hosts about 50 000 students and 13 000 employees. Our research group aims at understanding the interactions between the ecological processes, composition, and structure of terrestrial ecosystems (mainly forest, grassland and agroforestry), with a clear link to management and policy.
VENETO – Agenzia Veneta per l’Innovazione nel Settore Primario
VENETO supports the Regional Venetian Government in implementing the policies for agriculture, food, forestry and fisheries.
VUKOZ – Výzkumný Ustav Silva Taroucy Pro Krajinu a Okrasné Zahradnictví
Country: Czech Republic
VUKOZ covers complex landscape research on all levels – ecosystem, community, and population to individual organisms.