With the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France Urbaine, in partnership with RESOLIS, decided to carry out a study entitled "Cities facing the challenges of food insecurity". This document gathers 21 contributions from metropolises, large cities and agglomerations, which make it possible to identify, through concrete initiatives, how they act against food insecurity.
The factsheet “Collective catering: Orleans goes local” presents the strategy of Orleans Metropolis for a sustainable urban agriculture.
Located in the Loiret département in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, Orléans Metropolis is made up of 22 municipalities. The river Loire, a UNESCO world heritage site, flows through Orléans and several municipalities in the metropolis, helping to forge the territory’s identity and structure its landscapes and agriculture.
In order to maintain, develop and ensure the long-term future of the territory’s farming industry, Orléans Metropolis, in partnership with the Loiret Chamber of Agriculture, drew up an Agricultural Charter, reflecting, with a series of objectives, the joint ambition of constructing a sustainable strategy for urban agriculture.
In order to improve the structure and diversification of local agricultural supply channels while at the same time securing outlets for producers, Orléans has relied on collective catering contracts. These enable partnership initiatives between farmers and the appointed management for collective catering operations to be encouraged, with the assistance of the Chamber of Agriculture.
This contract should, in the long term, help to encourage the supply of environmentally-friendly products and services, and development in phase with humanist sustainable development values, thereby assisting the emergence of cleaner, more sustainable production processes, in particular through the structuring and development of local agricultural supply channels.