MADRE
(Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy)

Objective: The overall objective of the project is to initiate the creation of a transnational cluster of metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture stakeholders to enhance their capacity of eco-innovation. MADRE aims to empower local, regional and national stakeholders of metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture networks. To this end, MADRE will focus on improving the eco-innovation capacity of metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture stakeholders through a cultural change process leading to an increased transnational dimension of metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture networks and actors. In addition, MADRE will consolidate and disseminate existing knowledge on best practices implemented in Marseille and Montpellier (France), Bologna (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Tirana (Albania) allowing to optimise the economic, social and environmental impacts of metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture.

LHTEE Contribution:LHTEE is responsible for one of the six innovation thematic areas defined in MADRE, i.e. academic research in the metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture, which involves the coordination of a Transnational Working Group with the participation of local, regional and national stakeholders (of academic research) of the 6 MADRE metropolises and the production of the relevant white paper. Furthermore, LHTEE is responsible for (i) the identification of existing metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture practices in Thessaloniki (Greece), (ii) the assembly of relevant local, regional and national stakeholders of metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture in order to meet altogether for exchanging knowledge and experiences, (iii) the networking of the Greek stakeholders with the stakeholders of the other five cities participating in MADRE project. In addition, LHTEE will contribute to the feed of the metropolitan and peri-urban database platform, which will be developed during the implementation of the MADRE project.

Funded by: European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (Interreg MED)

Total budget: 1 170 000 €

ERDF-IPA funds: 990 000 €


Major Partners:

  1. Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories, France
  2. ANIMA Investment Network, France
  3. AMB-Medcities
  4. International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier
  5. Metropolitan City of Bologna
  6. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  7. Agricultural University of Tirana