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Montpellier Métropole strengthens its agroecological strategy

Information updated on 05/08/22

Metropolitan authorities recently finished revising the area’s Agroecological and Food Policy. One of the policy’s objectives is to make sure everyone has access to local, healthy, and high-quality food. Here’s what it’s all about.

To summarize, the main objectives of Montpellier Métropole’s revised Agroecological and Food Policy (Politique Agroécologique et Alimentaire – P2A) are to strengthen agricultural resilience and food sovereignty in the area in order to feed inhabitants healthily and sustainably, while mitigating the effects of climate, ecological, and food crises. The new policy was enacted by the Community Council on January 25.
Montpellier Métropole’s P2A program focuses on providing healthy, local food to as many people as possible, while also supporting local agricultural and agri-food employment, and preserving the landscape, natural resources, and biodiversity – including the quantity and quality of water, soil, and air. It also seeks to limit greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and contribute to social unity in the metropolitan area.
These aspects were all elaborated with Montpellier Métropole’s cities, as well as food and agriculture stakeholders. Agroecological and Food Policy was revised in 2021 with this same sense of partnership through seminars and workshops during which the new guidelines were adopted.
The updated policy focuses on five main objectives: creating a territory that is agroecological; developing a sustainable and resilient food supply; giving all inhabitants access to quality food of their choice; disseminating knowledge and promoting innovation; and, lastly,  setting up territorial governance regarding food and agroecology.
To implement related measures, Montpellier Métropole has approved a €30 million budget, including €10 million to acquire farm land, €12 million for investments in the Montpellier Market of National Interest, and €8 million for operational programs.
Additionally, the policy’s recognition by French authorities as a Territorial Food Project (TAP) was renewed in 2021. Moreover, with the France Relance recovery plan aimed at reinforcing territorial actions to promote healthy, safe, sustainable, and accessible food for all by supporting TAP projects, Montpellier Métropole’s policy received €729,000 in government funding over two years for 28 actions undertaken by metropolitan authorities, five local cities, and six partners. The goal is to move towards an agroecological metropolis where local, organic, and high-quality food products are available to everyone.

Four Seasons of Agroecology and Sustainable Food

Organized by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and based on four annual gatherings – one each season – the Four Seasons of Agroecology and Sustainable Food event will comprise more than 40 different events over a geographical area ranging from Montpellier Métropole to Pays Cœur d’Hérault to the west, Pays de l’Or to the south, and Grand Pic Saint-Loup to the north.