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Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy
// MADRE //

February 2017 - July 2018

Project Summary


Selma Tozanli (CIHEAM-IAMM) – selmatozanli@gmail.com
Fatima El Hadad–Gauthier (CIHEAM-IAMM) – elhadad@iamm.fr


According to the FAO, a paradigm shift in both urban and agriculture development as well as in the planning and the formulation of policies , is required in order to ensure access to urban food security, improve environmental management and enhance rural-urban linkages. Although recognized as a major lever of eco-innovation for metropolis' sustainability and competitiveness, metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture (MPA) still suffers from a "mainstreaming gap", remaining overlooked by policy makers, academic research and the general public. As a result, the environmental cost of food is an invisible but nonetheless major burden for cities. The MADRE project aims to meet this challenge: supply MPA with key players and create a transnational cooperation in the MED area. Aiming at fostering a change process in the metropolitan food supply model, the project will capitalize on the wide set of academic knowledge, pilot actions and policies, networks and transnational cooperation in order to allow MPA reaching a critical level in the MED area. In depth assessment of available material will provide the baseline for an empowerment of MPA stakeholders and then to a formal commitment to initiate a transnational clustering process. Such a capitalization process will involve a multidisciplinary, pluralistic and multilevel partnership from 5 different mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Albania), each partner representing a flagship metropolitan area.


The overall objective of the project is to initiate the creation of a transnational cluster of metropolitan agriculture stakeholders to enhance their capacity of eco-innovation.


  • Take stock of the good practices of the MPA in Europe and elsewhere;
  • Create metropolitan working groups in the 6 metropolitan areas (Barcelona, Bologna, Marseille, Montpellier, Thessaloniki, Tirana) by bringing together public decision-makers, academia, producers (farmers, industry, retailers, logisticians) and civil society;
  • Set up transnational working groups for the creation of a transnational cluster on the MPA based on the good practices in the 6 metropolitan areas;
  • Help the transnational cluster to spin-off good practices and to raise awareness amid the metropolitan public authorities

Results, project impact

Expected outcomes of the project:

  • Empowerment of local, regional and national stakeholders of MPA networks;
  • Dissemination in the MED area of the consolidated set of knowledge on MPA best practices;
  • Optimisation of eco-innovation capacity of metropolitan agriculture network

Attached documents

Report TWG Montpellier 24 & 25 January 2018

Summary Event Report TWG Montpellier 24 & 25 January 2018

Llaurant Barcelona. Policy Paper Team

Project team Barcelona

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. SCOT

Coline Perrin. Research team AgriCités

Project team Montpellier Méditerranéen Métropole

Project team Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole

Municipality of Thessaloniki

Tirana group



Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens Durables (AVITEM), - France

Source of funding : Interreg Med Programme / European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Programme and Contact references : Candice Le Tourneur (AVITEM) – Project manager – c.letourneur@avitem.fr Selma Tozanli (CIHEAM-IAMM) – selmatozanli@gmail.com Fatima El Hadad–Gauthier (CIHEAM-IAMM) – elhadad@iamm.fr
Total budget : 1 173 175,00 €
Partners :
  • ANIMA Investment Network (ANIMA) - France
  • Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAMM) - France
  • Mediterranean Cities Network (Med Cities) - Spain
  • Aristotes University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) - Greece
  • Metropolitan City of Bologna (CimetBo) - Italy
  • Agricultural University of Tirana (UBT) - Albania