Sessions covering the progress of the different work packages were organised, showing a very good dynamic in the multi-actor platforms and interesting results from the research activities both in the field and the lab (despite various weather accidents and the sanitary crisis). Several scientific publications are in progress and key messages for practitioners are being identified.
Implementing intercropping is not only a matter of agronomic and technological challenges. Farmers willing to try intercropping face marketing challenges, and policymakers do not always know what policies work best to support them. At the meeting, a policy brief session was held to discuss the key messages ReMIX will present to policymakers in Europe. Subjects like the contribution of intercropping to pesticides reduction and different ways in which intercropping contributes to sustaining diversity were discussed. A series of policy recommendations will be presented at the final conference in Brussels in April 2021, for which a steering committee with representatives from other Horizon 2020 projects in the Crop Diversification Cluster has been established. ReMIX partners have also elaborated practice abstracts with practical information and tips for farmers and advisers.
Contact: Sonia Olza, Iniciativas Innovadoras/Remix, solza(at)iniciativas-innovadoras.es