In December 2016, the MADRE project (Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy) was approved by the Steering Committee of the Interreg MED programme. ANIMA Investment Network is partner in this project coordinated by the Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AVITEM).
MADRE aims to change the metropolitan food supply model by capitalising on existing good practices, by empowering the different stakeholders in metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture, and by initiating a dynamic of transnational cooperation in the MED region.
Considered as an emerging phenomenon, metropolitan agriculture makes it possible to meet several urban challenges by contributing to food security, job creation, environmental quality or strengthening social ties and territorial solidarity between urban and rural areas. According to the FAO, a paradigm shift in both agricultural policies and urban planning is nevertheless required in order to ensure the optimal development and the sustainability of this activity.
The MADRE project will capitalise on a set of knowledge, policies and pilot actions carried out on the topic and activate existing networks to enable effective transnational cooperation in the Mediterranean.
The emergence of a transnational cluster will be supported by a multidisciplinary partnership from 5 countries: France (AVITEM, ANIMA, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier), Italy (Metropolitan City of Bologna), Spain (MedCities – Barcelona Metropolitan Area), Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Albania (Agricultural University of Tirana), each partner representing a flagsghip metropolitan area.
The objectives of MADRE are:
The project kick-off meeting will be held on 14-15 March 2017 in Barcelona (Spain). The activities will be implemented until the end of July 2018.