LIVINGAGRO: a Mediterranean project for innovating agroforestry

LIVINGAGRO is an EU-funded project for research, development and education in agroforestry in several countries of the Mediterranean basin such as Italy, Jordan, Greece and Lebanon.

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Photo: Cristian Mascia / Regional Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.)

LIVINGAGRO is a cross-border project that addresses the challenge of knowledge and technological transfer in Mediterranean agriculture and forestry systems for achieving and sharing good practices, aimed at sustainable production, protecting biodiversity, enhancing transfer of innovation and increasing profitability for territories and main actors as well as stakeholders involved. This initiative began in September 2019 and has a duration of 36 months, with an end of activities scheduled for 2022.

By using an open innovation approach for co-creating economic and social values and interactions between supply and demand, eliminating geographical and cultural barriers, the expected project results include: the creation of two Living Laboratories (Living Labs) on the themes of olive multifunctional system and grazed woodlands whose activation phases include the establishment of the Living Labs through specific agreements between public-private entities, the development of a dedicated ICT platform, the creation of a public-private community that also includes people and the launch of pilot actions aimed at experimentation.

Project consortium members. Photo: LIVINGAGRO

The project also foresees the stipulation of research agreements between universities and research centers, in collaboration with economic operators of the project partner countries, the organization of field visits to assess innovation needs and training courses for the creation of innovative companies or startups, the creation of corporate-scientific brokerage events in Jordan, Lebanon, and Crete, the analysis and the development of new products or services for the agroforestry sector and technology transfer activities and intellectual property brokerage services for companies, universities, research institutes and the general public.

In consideration of these expected results, the project focuses very much on participative aspects and active involvement of different stakeholders aiming at the challenging objective to match the request for innovation by economic stakeholders of the agroforestry sector and the innovation proposals by universities and research institutes.

Would you like to learn more about LIVINGAGRO and keep updated about the advancement of project activities? Then please refer to the official project website and follow us on the official project Facebook page! An update on the progress of the project will be available in one of the next editions of the EFI Network Mediterranean newsletter.

About LIVINGAGRO

LIVINGAGRO – Cross Border Living laboratories for Agroforestry is a project funded under the ENI CBC Med Programme 2014 – 2020 with a total budget of 3,3 Million Euros and a 2,9 Million EU-contribution involving six organizations from four different countries (Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Jordan): the Regional Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.), Italy (Beneficiary); the Italian National Research Council, Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Science; the National Agricultural Research Center, Jordan; the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute; the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece, and ATM Consulting, Italy.