Stéphane Layani, president of Rungis International Market in Paris, has submitted the outlines for Agoralim, a €1.4bn project for a sustainable ecosystem “from land to plate”, to French prime minister Jean Castex.
The project is in response to changes in consumption trends for local and sustainable food. The aim is that by combining agricultural transition and economic development around the Triangle de Gonesse, Agoralim can help strengthen the food resilience of the Ile-de-France region.
Support for market gardening will reportedly help to meet the demand of Ile-de-France inhabitants for better, local, more sustainable food through the establishment of an “ecosystem of short circuits”.
The opening of the first sites for processing and distribution is earmarked for 2025. Agoralim will be set up on four main sites in the Val d'Oise department: Gonesse (agricultural production, vegetable production and training); Goussainville (producers and distribution area); Roissy-en-France (central kitchen and processing) and Bonneuil-en-France (last-mile logistics).
The project is expected to boost the Ile-de-France's agricultural economy and create 3,000-5,000 jobs, while improving logistical flows between the North and South of Ile-de-France.