Institut Cerdà has produced a study of the agricultural and alimentary (agri-food) system for the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB). The study portrays the elements and functionalities involved and provides an in depth view of the main actors and assets in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
The report is in three sections: a global vision of the AMB agri-food system; characterization of its components identifying challenges and opportunities in each area; proposals for action by Public Administrations to consolidate the potential and functionalities of the system.
The report characterizes the different components of the agri-food chain (producer, industry, organized distribution, wholesalers, distributors, catering, commerce, logistics, consumer and recovery); related assets such as trades and commercial organisations, clusters, etc.; research centres and training opportunities; key trade events (Fira Alimentaria, Fòrum Gastronòmic), and communication and transport infrastructures (port, airport and railway terminals).
As a result of analysis, proposals are made for action related to the sustainability of agriculture and agricultural spaces, technology transfer, international connectivity, the evolution of small commerce and the facilitation of multichannel activity, safe and responsible production and consumption, and tourism and gastronomy.
In conclusion, although the AMB, is a net area of consumption with only 6% of its land dedicated to agriculture (a % to be maintained), it has a strong agri-food industrial sector. This sector is characterised by high quality local produce; high quality such as Mercabarna; the network of municipal markets; an extensive and renowned gastronomic offering; and international links, capable of promoting its dimension as an international logistics platform.
The study can be consulted on the AMB website.