Brokerage event for multifunctional olive systems, grazed woodlands concludes

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Press Release — The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), the Regional Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.), and the LIVINGAGRO Consortium recently concluded their first brokerage events in the Kingdom on fostering innovation in multifunctional olive systems and grazed woodlands.


The events were held on December 13 and 15, atthe Movenpick in Amman, a press statement said.


During the events, speakers and innovators from Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and Jordan shared their experiences with more than 50 participantsfrom different parts of the Kingdom, representingthe private and public sector.


All attendees — including researchers, representatives of cooperatives/farmers, and multiple stakeholders in privatecompanies/consultants —had the opportunity to share their thoughts and questionsregarding content presented on innovations for economic operators and stakeholders of the Mediterranean olive and olive oil sector and the grazed woodland sector.

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Participants in the multifunctional olive systems seminarwere able to join a panel of acclaimed speakers in discussions and debates on matters related to the olive sector. Leading innovations presented during the event included: “Overview of Agroforestry in Mediterranean Countries” by Peter Moubarak, from the Lebanese Agricultural Research Center (LARI) in Lebanon; “Chickpea intercropping in olive groves” presented by Anastasia Pantera, from the Agricultural University of Athens, Karpenissiin Greece; “Effect of soil management and different cover crops on soil characteristics, olive production and olive oil characteristics” by Milad El-Riachy, from the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) in Lebanon; “DNA-based authentication of the varietal origin of monovarietal olive oils” by Panagiotis Kalaitzis, from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) in Greece; “The First Use of KASP Technology for Assessment of Genetic Diversity in Olive” by MazenKilani, from the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in Jordan; and“Agricultural Blockchain traceability for olive oil” presented by Abdelrahman Habashneh Chairman, Founder of Decapolis company in Jordan.


The event also included a round table focused on the use of green manure, how some species can help increasing soil fertility, the advantage of agroforestry and the common characteristics between permaculture and agroforestry, and ways of tracing, identifying, and authenticating the quality of olive oil.


Leading innovations in theGrazed Woodlands seminarincluded; the practice of thinning and pruning trees in silvopastoral systems presented by Anastasia Pantera from the Agricultural University of Athens in Greece; the use of trichoderma for enhancing resilience of tree and grassland species for Mediterranean wooded grasslands linking this practice to actions and activities of the “SALAM MED” project presented by Pier Paolo Roggero from the University of Sassari in Italy; the developed policy guidelines for agroforestry in Mediterranean Partner Countries by Claudia Consalvo from the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRET) in Italy; the developed research using “natural intelligence” for innovating the way of monitoring grazed woodlands for their sustainable management; the use of remote sensing techniques to monitor oak by Ihab Jomma from the Lebanese Agricultural Research Center (LARI) in Lebanon, and the use of willow trees as non-traditional feed resource for sheep and goats by Sami Awabdeh from the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in Jordan.


During the afternoon session, a round table wasorganized between speakers and organizing entities and with event participants who expressed their interest to join the LIVINGAGRO project.


Discussions focused on different topics mainly the use of trichoderma in arid and semi-arid regions like Jordan followed by a presentation byRoggero on the topic, ways to increase green areas in Amman and updating related policies, and the use of remote sensing techniques and other innovative systems to monitor the evolution of grazed woodlands in specific areas.


The success of these events was highlighted by all participants who expressed their appreciation and gratitude, underlining the importanceof suchopportunitiesin helping interested stakeholders to find relevant solutions to the problems facing the agroforestry sector.


The Cross Border Living Laboratories for Agroforestry (LIVINGAGRO) Project is co-funded by the EU through the ENI CBC Med Program 2014–2020 and implemented in Italy, Greece, Lebanon, and Jordan. The project aims to support education, research and development, innovation, and technology transfer, including sharing of research results, by establishing two Living Labs, one for multifunctional olive systems (Living Lab 1) and the other for grazed woodlands (Living Lab 2). 

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