Project - Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy

Description


Description (EN): According to the FAO, a paradigm shift in both urban and agriculture development, planning and policy formulation is required in order to ensure access to urban food security, improved environmental management and enhanced rural-urban linkages. Although recognized as a major lever of eco-innovation for metropolis' sustainability and competitiveness, metropolitan and periurban agriculture (MPA) still suffers from a "mainstreaming gap", remaining overlooked by policy makers, academic research and the general public. As a result, the environmental price of food is an invisible but nonetheless major burden for cities. The MADRE project aims to meet this challenge : supply MPA with key players (from the quadruple helix) and create a transnational cooperation in the MED aerea. 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 cooperations in order to allow MPA reaching a critical level in the MED area. Indepth assessment of available material will provide the baseline for an empowerment of MPA stakeholders and then to a formal committment to initiate a transnational clustering processs. Such a capitalization process will involve a multidisciplinary, pluralistic and multilevel partnership from 4 different MED countries (Spain, France, Italy, Greece) and Albania (IPA), each partner representing a flagsghip metropolitan area.
Description: Selon la FAO, une mutation est en cours à la fois dans le développement urbain et dans l'agriculture. Des politiques et des outils de planification apparaissent nécessaire pour garantir la sécurité alimentaire en milieu urbain, améliorer la gestion environnemental et renforcer les liens entre villes et territoires ruraux. Reconnue comme un levier majeur de l'éco-innovation pour la viabilité et la compétitivité des métropoles, l'agriculture métropolitaine et périurbaine (AMP) souffre encore d'un "déficit d'intégration" dans les politiques publiques, reste négligée tant par les décideurs, que la recherche universitaire et le grand public. Le coût environnemental de la nourriture reste ainsi un fardeau pour les villes. MADRE vise à relever ce défi : doter l'AMP d'acteurs clés (ceux de la quadruple hélice) et impulser une dynamique de coopération transnationale dans la région MED. Visant à changer le modèle d'approvisionnement des métropoles, le projet capitalisera sur des connaissances académique, des politiques publiques et des projets transnationaux. Une évaluation approfondie de ce matériau servira de base pour responsabiliser les acteurs de l'AMP et initier l'engagement formel vers une mobilisation transnationale. Un tel processus de capitalisation impliquera un partenariat pluridisciplinaire, pluraliste et multi-niveaux à travers 4 pays de l'espace MED (Espagne, France, Italie, Grèce) ainsi que l'Albanie (IPA), chaque partenaire représentant une région métropolitaine phare.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Consolidated set of knowledge on the way to optimize the eco-innovation capacity of metropolitan agriculture networks : : The first expected results of MADRE is to allow the establishment of consolidated set of knowledge on the way to optimize the eco-innovation capacity of metropolitan agriculture networks. This consolidated set of knowledge includes various types of knowledge: eco-innovative practices allowing to reduce the use of water or chemical products, organizational innovation, business models, policy best practices (access to land, transportation, marketing...) but also cooperation and networking projects at national and transnational level. This consolidation activity will be achieved through the organization of Metropolitan Working Groups (MWG) established in Barcelona, Marseilles, Montpellier, Bologna, Thessaloniki, Tirana). Reaching this objective will involve the creation of a database of available academic knowledge, operational projects, transnational projects funded under different programme (MED, ENPI CBC MED, LIFE...), policies at metropolitan, regional, national and transnational level. It will also involve a mapping of target actors (policy makers, private sector, consumers and academia). This database will be published through a catalogue in order to trigger a transnational clustering process of MPA actors at the MED level. This database shall published in a friendly and accessible way that is a compendium. Based on a common methodology to partners, the study will build knowledge and harvested results and the network of partners creates to make the technically feasible and economically viable cluster. To do this, the needs of the project will be analyzed and scenarii will be proposed to develop implementation strategies for the transnational cluster.1 Consolidated set of knowledge on the way to optimize the eco-innovation capacity of metropolitan agriculture networks : : The first expected results of MADRE is to allow the establishment of consolidated set of knowledge on the way to optimize the eco-innovation capacity of metropolitan agriculture networks. This consolidated set of knowledge includes various types of knowledge: eco-innovative practices allowing to reduce the use of water or chemical products, organizational innovation, business models, policy best practices (access to land, transportation, marketing...) but also cooperation and networking projects at national and transnational level. This consolidation activity will be achieved through the organization of Metropolitan Working Groups (MWG) established in Barcelona, Marseilles, Montpellier, Bologna, Thessaloniki, Tirana). Reaching this objective will involve the creation of a database of available academic knowledge, operational projects, transnational projects funded under different programme (MED, ENPI CBC MED, LIFE...), policies at metropolitan, regional, national and transnational level. It will also involve a mapping of target actors (policy makers, private sector, consumers and academia). This database will be published through a catalogue in order to trigger a transnational clustering process of MPA actors at the MED level. This database shall published in a friendly and accessible way that is a compendium. Based on a common methodology to partners, the study will build knowledge and harvested results and the network of partners creates to make the technically feasible and economically viable cluster. To do this, the needs of the project will be analyzed and scenarii will be proposed to develop implementation strategies for the transnational cluster.2 Dissemination in the MED area of the consolidated set of knowledge on MPA best practices : : The project will allow actors directly or indirectly involved in MPA to learn from best practices by transnational cross fertilization is more detailed and operational. This transferring and disseminating process will involve different categories of MPA stakeholders: consumers, producers, public authorities, scholars. The approach implemented will involve first the organization of the MWG that will allow to disseminate knowledge on MPA best practices in 6 different metropolis of the MED areas (Barcelona, Marseilles, Montpellier, Bologna, Thessaloniki, Tirana). Then, the publishing of a catalogue of best practices and the edition of an online MADRE digital platform providing access in the whole MED area to the best practices identified and assessed by MGW in terms of eco-innovative practices allowing to reduce the use of water or chemical products, organizational innovation, business models, policy best practices (access to land, transportation, marketing...) but also cooperation and networking projects at national and transnational level. The activities of the TWG will also contribute to achieve this dissemination process. Within those working groups to highlight best practices developed in those fields and the challenges faced by metropolitan authorities vis-à-vis agriculture in order to achieve a policy paper and a Memorandum of Understanding.3 Empowerment of local, regional and national stakeholders of MPA networks : : This result relates to the need to empower the local, regional and national stakholders of MED MPA in order to address the lack of impact of MPA in public policies notably at metropolitan level and also the lack of transnational activity of MPA stakeholders. Empowering MPA stakeholders will contribute to increase the design and implementation of proactive policies supporting farmers and short circuit retail through either direct grants or non monetary incentives and thus will contribute to their eco-innovation capacity. It will also allow to initiate the transnational organization of MPA networks. For doing so, the approach implemented relies on the establishment of Transnational Working Groups (TWG) gathering actors concerned by the following topics:
Expected Outputs (EN): Policy paper,MADRE Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),MADRE digital platform

Thematic Information


Thematics: Agriculture and fisheries and forestry  Clustering and economic cooperation  
Specific Objective: To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy
Project name: L'agriculture métropolitaine pour le développement d'une économie durable et responsable
Project acronym: MADRE

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-09-19

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2017-02-01
Project end date: 2018-07-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.173.175,00
European Union funding: EUR 997.198,75

ERDF budget: EUR 877.051,25
IPA budget: EUR 120.147,50

Project documents

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MADRE best practice catalogue
Type of document: CatalogueDate of the document: 2018-02Date of publication in keep.eu: 2019-09-19Language of the document: English
Data source: https://interreg-med.eu/projects-results/our-project-results/
MADRE_NetworkActionPlan.pdf (PDF document file)
Action Plan of the future MED Cluster on eco-innovation in MPA
Type of document: ReportDate of the document: 2018-05Date of publication in keep.eu: 2019-09-19Language of the document: English
Data source: https://interreg-med.eu/projects-results/our-project-results/
MADRE Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
Type of document: ReportDate of the document: 2018-05Date of publication in keep.eu: 2019-09-19Language of the document: English
Data source: https://interreg-med.eu/projects-results/our-project-results/


Partners Data


Lead Partner (EN): Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories
Lead Partner: Groupement d'Intérêt Public Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens Durables
Department: Cooperation Unit
Address: 112 Boulevard des Dames, Marseille, France
Legal status: public

Department: Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering
Address: Ktirio KE.D.E.A- Tritis Septemvriou - Panepistimioupoli University Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece
Legal status: public
Address: Via Zamboni, 13, 40126, Bologna Italy Emilia-Romagna Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Legal status: public
Address: 11 bis rue Saint Ferréol, Marseille, France
Legal status: private
Department: Department of economics and sustainable development policies
Address: Rr. Pajsi Vodica, Koder Kamez, Tirana, Albania
Legal status: public
Address: Carrer número 62 de la Zona Franca, no. 16, Barcelona, Spain
Legal status: public

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