Inclusive Market AGriculture Incubator in North-West Europe

Project Summary

IMAGINE aims at tackling youth unemployment by providing sustainable job prospects in the horticulture sector, more specifically for young people (15-34 years old) who are NEET – not in education, employment or training - in the (peri-)urban areas of North-West Europe.

In these regions, horticulture, urban agriculture and short food supply chains sectors are growing rapidly and require a lot of low-skilled labour. However, job entry rate after a training is currently 20%. Indeed, these sectors face significant barriers to fully develop their potential, including, lack of access to land and weak youth empowerment.

Local organisations can help to overcome these deficiencies by facilitating free access to their hectares of vacant land and by involving young people through an innovative co-production methodology.

IMAGINE will therefore support the development, testing and implementation of different social incubation models (access to land + support) for young people in the peri-urban horticulture sector on the outskirts of London and Paris, in central Belgium, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in Eindhoven.  

The objective is also to create a transnational network in charge of social innovation issues in (peri-)urban horticulture to ensure long-term effects and help organisations to replicate the model.

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News and Feedback from the pilot project in Paris 15th, France

Posted on 08-07-2020

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News and feedback from the pilot project in Namur

Posted on 24-06-2020

IMAGINE goes into pilot phase & First feedback on the pilot test taking place in Namur, Belgium Read more

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Project Partners

  • Surrey County Council

    County Hall, Penrhyn Road
    Kingston upon Thames
    KT1 2DN
    United Kingdom

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  • Palme Association

    75 Avenue Parmentier
    Paris cedex 11

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  • Moussy-Le-Neuf municipality

    Place Charles de Gaulle

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  • Regie de Quartier Association of Paris 15th

    24 rue des Quatre-Frères-Peignot

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  • Sustainable Food Foundation

    96-02 Torenallee
    5617 BE

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  • Walloon office for vocational training and employment

    104 Boulevard Joseph Tirou

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  • Agricultural Technical School Ettelbruck

    72 Avenue Lucien Salentiny

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  • Bureau Economique de la Province de Namur

    2 Avenue Sergent Vrithoff

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Bureau Economique de la Province de Namur 2 Avenue Sergent Vrithoff
Name Contact Name Email Country
Surrey County Council Vincent O'Connell United Kingdom
Palme Association Joël Monti France
Moussy-Le-Neuf municipality Claude Brel France
Regie de Quartier Association of Paris 15th Djamilla Boukercha France
Sustainable Food Foundation Jos Hakkennes Netherlands
Walloon office for vocational training and employment Gelsomina Capierri Belgium
Agricultural Technical School Ettelbruck Gerard Conter Luxembourg


Project news

Visit at Eindhoven

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As part of the Imagine project, which aims to tackle youth unemployment by providing them sustainable job prospects in (peri-)urban agriculture, a visit of Duurzame Kost, project partner, took place on September 5, 2019. Objective: understand the economic model of the social enterprise while discovering the Strijp-S, a former industrial district converted into a creative and cultural center. Read More

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