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ReMIX final conference: Intercropping to boost agroecology in European Agriculture

23 Mar
9:15-16:45
23 Mar
9:15-16:45

Register for the final conference “Intercropping to boost agroecology in European Agriculture”, which will be held online on March 23, 2021, from 9:15 to 16:45 CET.

The event is a perfect opportunity to discuss how species mixtures contribute to the shift to more sustainable food systems and the preservation of ecosystems, two major goals of the EU’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Presentations from experts in the field and two panel-debates will explore the role of intercropping in the EU’s agri-food chains and agroecology.

This conference is a joint effort of the ReMIX and DIVERSify  projects to boost the adoption of intercropping and delivery of its ecosystem services in Europe.

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ReMIX exploits the benefits of species mixtures to design more diversified and resilient agroecological arable cropping systems. IFOAM Organics Europe is a project partner representing the European organic movement and ensuring knowledge transfer and dissemination towards stakeholders and policy-makers.

Programme

09:15
09:40
Informal greetings and welcome words
Eric Justes (Cirad) & Ambra De Simone (IFOAM Organics Europe)

Bram Moeskops (IFOAM Organics Europe) & Ali Karley (JHI)
09:40
10:00
Keynote and general presentation
Eric Justes (Cirad) & Jean-Noel Aubertot (INRAe)
10:00
10:50
Ecosystem services provided by Intercropping
Moderator: Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen (RUC)

Presentation and discussion of 3 Policy briefs
- Intercropping - Redesigned cropping strategies for food production and environmental services - Christine Watson (SRUC)
- Contribution of intercropping to pesticides reduction - Maria Finckh (University of Kassel)
- Reduction of nutrient losses and fertilizers needs - Georg Carlsson (SLU)
10:50
11:00
Video sequence
Success story of a farmer, Arvalis
10:45
11:15
Networking coffee break
11:15
11:50
Boosting adoption of intercrops in EU
Moderator: Christine Watson (SRUC)

Presentation and discussion of 2 Policy briefs:
- Intercropping in organic farming, a solution to increase the production in OF - Marina Wendling (FiBL)
- Machineries: solution for Harvesting and separating grain mixtures, yes we can! Laurent Bedoussac (INRAe-ENSFEA)
11:50
12:00
Video sequence
"Perspectives: genetics covered, living mulch in AB, reduction of chemical inputs", Arvalis
12:00
12:30
Presentations from EU Diversification Cluster
Moderator: Eric Justes (Cirad)

- DIVERSify policy toolbox - Charlotte Bickler (ORC)

- Presentation from Diverfarming - Raul Zornoza (Technical University of Cartagena)

- Presentation from DiverIMPACTS - Antoine Messéan (INRAe)


13:30
13:45
Statements from panellists
- Eric Gall (Deputy Director, Policy Manager, IFOAM Organics Europe)

- Annette Schneegans (Senior Expert, European Commission, DG AGRI)

- Célia Nyssens (Policy Officer for Agriculture, European Environmental Bureau)
13:45
15:15
Panel discussion 1: Would intercropping become a pillar of agroecology in EU?
Moderator: Jean Noel Aubertot (INRAe)

- Eric Gall (Deputy Director, Policy Manager, IFOAM Organics Europe)

- Annette Schneegans (Senior Expert, European Commission, DG AGRI)

- Célia Nyssens (Policy Officer for Agriculture, European Environmental Bureau)

- Ali Karley (JHI)

- Eric Justes (Cirad)
15:15
15:45
Networking coffee break/videos
15:45
16:15
Panel discussion 2: Is intercropping compatible with the current EU Agrifood chains?
Moderator: Bram Moeskops (Research and Innovation Manager, IFOAM Organics Europe)

- Pete Iannetta (True Project)

- Frédéric Muel (LegValue Project)

- Antoine Messéan (DiverImpacts Project)

- Raul Zornoza (DiverFarming Project)
16:15
16:45
Conclusion
Eric Justes (Cirad) and Ali Karley (JHI)
 
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