MADRE (Sustainable Metropole and Agriculture for Fair Trade)

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MADRE, funded by the Interreg MED programme, is a project that aims at examining and strengthening the part that urban and peri-urban agriculture plays in the Mediterranean territories’ ability to innovate and show resilience.


Project duration: 2017 - 2018

Co-funding project: Interreg MED


Seen as an emerging phenomenon, metropolitan agriculture allows to address a number of urban issues, contributing to food security, job opportunities and the quality of our environment, as well as reinforcing social cohesion and territorial solidarity between the urban and rural areas.

According to the FAO, a paradigm shift in the formulation of agricultural policies and urban planning is nevertheless necessary to induce an un optimal development of this activity and secure its longevity.

Acknowledged as a major leverage tool for eco-innovation and metropoles’ competitiveness and sustainability, urban and peri-urban agriculture currently lacks recognition as political leaders, Research and the public at large keep overlooking.

The MADRE project aims at capitalising on a whole set of policies, knowledge and pilot actions, and muster the existing networks in order to foster an efficient transnational cooperation in the Mediterranean area.  The surge of a transnational cluster shall be made possible through a multidisciplinary and multiscale partnership initiated by its Partners (coming from 5 countries).


This project’s specific goals are:

  1. Improving metropolitan agriculture’s innovation skills in the Mediterranean territories;
  2. Identifying and assessing economic, environmental and social performance factors in the metropolitan agriculture field;
  3. Identifying and networking different operators in the metropolitan agriculture field;
  4. Assessing the possibility, the key conditions for success and the necessary means to create a transnational cluster of operators in the metropolitan agriculture field.


Project management: AVITEM

Partners: Anima Investment Network (France), Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier (France), City of Bologna (Italy), City of Barcelona (Spain), Thessaloniki Aristotle University (Greece) and Tirana Agriculture University (Albania)