ReMIX final Conference “Intercropping to boost agroecology in European Agriculture” – 23 March 2021, online
As the Horizon 2020 multi-actor project ReMIX draws to a close, its final conference “Intercropping to boost agroecology in European Agriculture” was held in collaboration with DIVERSify project on 23 March 2021.
Species mixtures can increase productivity while reducing external inputs and nutrient losses. Furthermore, they can secure farmers’ income. ReMIX partners proposed solutions and recommendations to boost the adoption of intercropping and delivering ecosystem services. Moreover, it was discussed how to support wider use and uptake of intercropping by farmers. The afternoon sessions were dedicated to policy debates and discussions on the contribution of species mixtures to shift to more sustainable food systems and preserve ecosystems. Within this context, 9 panellists including policy makers and experts from the crop diversification cluster discussed the role of intercropping in the EU’s agri-food chains and agroecology within the Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Several interventions stressed points like:
- Adopting intercropping does not depend on farmers alone;
- New value chains should be set up; and strong collaboration among all actors is needed for that;
- Public policies are very important. In that respect, the CAP offers opportunities to support species mixtures and they need to be used by Member States.
Recordings of the sessions and presentations from speakers are available on the conference platform.
The Horizon 2020 project 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.
ReMIX has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727217. This communication only reflects the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.