Supporting Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Know-How in Metropolitan Areas


Programme: Erasmus+ Key Action 2 (KA2) Strategic Partnerships in the Field of VET
Lifetime: september 2019 – december 2021

Key words: urban agriculture, peri-urban agriculture, entrepreneurship, food chain, professional training, digital skills, vocational training


Objective: Urban and peri-urban agriculture is a matter of growing importance on a territorial scale. It is reflected in actions aimed at reconnecting the urban population to agricultural production and relocating food systems by promoting short circuits. Its development is based on entrepreneurs who carry agricultural projects and on the public authorities and planners who will put in place favourable strategies on their territory.
The main objective of the SESAME project is to promote the deployment of agricultural projects in urban and peri-urban areas of the partner countries through developing innovative training adapted to key players in the sector, taking into account the skills-based approach and the digital transition challenges. For this purpose, a professional training module will be created for students enrolled in vocational training courses in the different participating schools.
These initiatives will be implemented through microlearning training sessions on the challenges and opportunities for urban and peri-urban agriculture, and will foster new synergies between the students and the administrations in order to approach metropolitan agriculture with an enhanced cross-cutting vision.


  • Institut Régional de Formation à l’Environnement et au Développement Durable, France (Lead Partner)
  • Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens Durables, France
  • Vocational Agriculture Center: representing the regional network UNIS VERT (14 vocational centers of «Région Sud PACA», France
  • Vocational Agriculture Center: representing the regional network SERVEI AGRARI (14 vocational centers of Catalonia), Spain
  • Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, Spain
  • Eduscopi – Communication, dissemination and scientific education, Spain
  • Higher Education Institute Arrigo Serpieri, Bologna, Italy
  • Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy 


Associated partners:

  • Metropolitan Area of Marseille-Provence, France
  • French Association of Urban Agriculture, France
  • Agriculture city (Marseille), France
  • Municipality of Mouans-Sartoux, France
  • Agriculture and Food Sciences Department of University of Bologna, Italy
  • Reference organisation for national education in Emilia Romagna region, Italy