MADRE PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS IN THESSALONIKI: A TWG TO DISCUSS ACADEMIC RESEARCH ON METROPOLITAN AGRICULTURE

The 5th Transnational Working Group of the European project on urban and peri-urban farming took place on February 13th and 14th in Greece, to face the innovative challenges of the academia applied to the agriculture in the 6 metropolitan areas.

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-AUTH organized the 5th TWG of the MADRE project and hosted it in the premises of the Research Dissemination Center, aiming at fostering the development of metropolitan agriculture in the Mediterranean basin. Thirty eight (38) participants, partners and stakeholders, got together to discuss the topic of Academic Research, and the role of Academia in promoting and developing urban and peri-urban agriculture, making it a major mean of feeding the growing population of cities.

After a brief introduction of the lessons learned from the Metropolitan Working Groups on the theoretical and applied research in agriculture, six inspiring speeches gave several inputs for the discussion. Then, the participants divided into smaller groups, to discuss the issues pf knowledge transfer, core of the TWG, using the world café methodology. 

As customary for MADRE TWGs, the second day was dedicated to the field visits of the  best practices in urban and peri-urban agriculture identified in the metropolitan area of Thessaloniki.

The ideas, discussions and experiences from this TWG and visits were helpful in defining the future goals, course of action and priorities for MADRE, to be implemented and further discussed in the next steps of the project