Current trends in agriculture foster intensification of the cultivation management that often results in monoculture cultivation, nitrate leaching, soil erosion, and biodiversity decline.
Also, the European woody biomass economy indicates that wood produced in forests, both for energy and for timber, will not cover future demand. Hence, new land use approaches are needed to enhance the sustainability of agriculture and the production of lignocellulosic biomass. One approach to achieve this goal lies in the optimised management of agroforestry systems, i.e. growing trees in combination with other crops on the same land unit.
SidaTim assesses the potential of agroforestry systems that consist of valuable timber trees grown in combination with biomass plants such as Sida and Silphium.
Key practical findings of SidaTim:
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.