MADRE best practice catalogue

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue: a great source of inspiration for your projects!

Marseille, 2 February 2018 - After almost a year of implementation, MADRE releases its Best Practice Catalogue on urban and peri-urban agriculture. Developed by ANIMA Investment Network, it highlights the best practices identified in the 6 metropolises associated with the project, in terms of farmers’ innovation, social innovation, consumer innovation, academic research, territorial innovation and transnational innovation.

6.3 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. Although recognised as a major lever for the sustainability and competitiveness of metropolises, urban and peri-urban agriculture still suffers from a lack of consideration in public policies, preventing it from reaching a wider audience.

In this perspective, the Catalogue released by MADRE promotes a balanced selection of the best practices collected from the 6 MADRE metropolises (Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Tirana Metropolitan Area, and Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area) for the 6 innovation areas of urban and peri-urban agriculture to show the variety of solutions found to very diverse local contexts and encourage the optimal development and sustainability of this activity.

The aims of the Catalogue are manifold: mapping the key stakeholders of urban and peri-urban agriculture and connecting them at the Mediterranean level; identifying the good practices developed and consolidating the knowledge gained; evaluating the economic, environmental and social performance factors of urban and peri-urban agriculture; promoting the most relevant and innovative practices and facilitating their replication and adaptation in other territories.


Local partners collected from one to five good practices for their metropolis for the 6 innovation areas of urban and peri-urban agriculture identified by MADRE and defined in the Catalogue. A selection of the best practices received and analysed by ANIMA is included in the Catalogue and will be uploaded in the MADRE Digital Platform, together with the other validated best practices that could not be included in the Catalogue.

During the analysis and selection phase, special attention was paid to the contribution of good practices to the 8 challenges identified by MADRE as key for urban and peri-urban agriculture: job creation; social inclusion; educational, health and nutritional benefits; quality upgrading and value creation; organisational benefits; territorial integrity and land management; environmental benefits; synergies.

As a result, the Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue showcases 36 inspiring initiatives that are easy to discover, share and appropriate thanks to their practical format!

Urban and peri-urban agriculture: back to the facts

Luc J.A. Mougeot defines urban and peri-urban agriculture as “an industry located within (intra-urban) or on the fringe (peri-urban) of a town, a city or a metropolis, which grows and raises, processes and distributes a diversity of food and non-food products, (re-)using largely human and material resources, products and services found in and around that urban area, and in turn supplying human and material resources, products and services largely to that urban area”.

According to researchers, the topic was re-introduced in the urban planning literature in the 1990s, rather for environmental and social considerations than for food security issues. Indeed, the sustainable development paradigm calls into question both the food supply systems and the urban sprawl phenomenon. Thus, urban and peri-urban agriculture becomes essential in the public policy agenda, as it meets the desire of multiple stakeholders for more proximity between City and Nature, between City and Agriculture, and between City and Food.