Main research question
The FARM LIFE project should be framed within the topic of climate change adaptation. It has two main objectives. The first is to demonstrate innovative adaptation technologies, approaches and methods for land use in combination with water management and soil conservation on three farm sites in Noord-Brabant (the Netherlands). The second is to promote and replicate technical and methodological results regarding the demonstration sites by translating them into learning tools .
Site-specific adaptive farm plans for the implementation of an agroforestry system will be created for three pilot farms for cases such as implementation of an agroforestry system. The goal is to optimize ecological and economic resilience in the context of climate change. Further, master classes will be organized to deal with topics that support farmers (and the actors around them) in their possible implementation of an agroforestry system. The lessons learned from these master classes will be translated into a transition toolkit that can be used to replicate the approaches. The project also works toward better training of agroforestry transition managers. A Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) and Master's curriculum for will be developed and implemented.
Agroforestry is a multifunctional agricultural system that diversifies and adapts the production while reducing the carbon footprint and minimizing the management efforts and input costs. It fits within the search for climate adaptive agriculture in times of climate change. This project seeks new business models for viable and resilient agroforestry systems. Further, as education and knowledge on agroforestry is rather scarce, the project will develop tools and courses to support the transition towards agroforestry.