Agroecology and food: from global to local
Leveraging expertise acquired while assisting innovative companies to the benefit of the farming and food sector, Montpellier Métropole seeks to unite stakeholders, support innovation, bring producers and consumers closer, and encourage grassroots initiatives. Home of the Qualiméditerranée competitiveness cluster and Agropolis International worldwide research cluster, Montpellier has two key goals: to support local production and increase the sector’s international reach.
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AgroValo Méditerranée: promoting technology transfers
SMAG, agriculture 3.0
35,000 people in the agricultural and agro-industrial community use the company’s web solutions in a dozen countries. SMAG (for “Smart Agriculture”) emerged from a startup founded in 2001 by four young Montpellier SupAgro graduates, assisted by Montpellier BIC. The company’s mission is to become the French champion of “Big Farming Data”. SMAG’s parent company, the In Vivo group, the leading French cooperative group, inaugurated the new SMAG facilities in the spring of 2017, along with its Studio Agro Digital startup incubator. The goal is to accelerate innovative projects in the agro-digital sector.
Mercadis, for direct-to-consumer cycles
With 220 companies, 80 producers, and 3,000 buyers, the Mercadis “market of national interest”, a distribution platform for food products, represents a key tool in local agro-ecology policy. Located near downtown Montpellier, Mercadis now hosts a raw product transformation workshop and has increased the focus on organic farming on its producers’ floor. Products from local farms represent 40% of the overall tonnage brought to market.