Title: Farming the Future – Building Rural Networks for Climate-Adaptive Agriculture

Acronym: FARM LIFE

Project coordinator: Eurídice Leyequién – Professor Management of Forested Landscapes. Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences.

Funding: LIFE Climate Change Adaptation

Duration: September 1st 2018 – August 31 2023

Cost: Total budget for the project – 2,439,287 Euro
European financial contribution – 1,463,570 Euro

FARM LIFE project contributes to a climate-resilient Europe by assembling and sharing information, developing and demonstrating innovative adaptation technologies and approaches, and bringing together people / stakeholders / decision makers. All with the aim to enable the transition of conventional agriculture towards climate resilient agroforestry.

Adaptive Farm Plans. We develop adaptive farm plans that farmers can use to develop profitable agroforestry business models that can be contextualized to their own conditions.
Co-creation. We construct a roadmap to effectively implement the agricultural transition, together with entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes, government, and societal partners.
Transition toolkit. We build a transition toolkit that can be used by farmers, policy makers and societal partners.
Future transition managers. We prepare the future agricultural transition managers by developing an innovative professional Master programme.
Knowledge sharing. All the knowledge and information developed and assembled in Farm Life will be made available to everyone who is interested in the subject. We will connect to other European Union projects, and develop a training tools, for example a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). 
Making Farmers in charge again. We build farmer-driven business networks by supporting farmers to self-organize in resilient networks, such as the traditional farmers’ cooperative.
Value creation and competitiveness. We develop innovative agroforestry food products and branding strategies.
Transition into politics. We connect to politics by bringing results under political attention at the European Union, Dutch and Belgium contexts, and regional levels.

The area of action of FARM LIFE is the Netherlands and Belgium.

Three demonstration farm sites are participating in the Dutch province of North Brabant. The three demonstration farm sites were selected as trendsetters in implementing agroforestry as a feasible and profitable business model. To build resilient business networks five replication farm sites are selected for boosting business synergies with the demonstration farmers. Farm sites are located in the municipalities of Drimmelen, Alphen and Liempde, respectively.

The co-creative learning in agricultural transition processes and the development of the transition toolkit takes place in both Belgium and the Netherlands.