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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IMAGINE - Closing Event

09-02-2023 - 09-02-2023, Château Bayard - Eghezée - Province of Namur (Belgium)

We are pleased to invite you to the closing event of the IMAGINE project on February 9th, 2023 at Château Bayard , Eghezée, Province of Namur (Belgium) Read more

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Introducing MAGNET: The IMAGINE Network - Join the Community Today!

Posted on 26-05-2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of MAGNET, the online platform for the IMAGINE network. MAGNET serves as a hub for individuals passionate about social issues, providing a sp... Read more

IMAGINE Portrait Book : Testimonies of young trainees

Posted on 08-03-2023

During its four years of development, the IMAGINE project has enabled many young people to discover the world of agriculture in its many forms, but also and above all has enabled t... 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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  • Action & Transition

    153 rue de la Croix Nivert

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  • Phood Farm

    1-06 Kanaaldijk-Zuid
    5643 TZ

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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 Catherine Liefooghe France
Moussy-Le-Neuf municipality Valérie Simil France
Action & Transition Djamilla Boukercha France
Phood Farm Tim Elfring Netherlands
Walloon office for vocational training and employment Gelsomina Capierri Belgium
Agricultural Technical School Ettelbruck Gerard Conter Luxembourg



EURegionsWeek workshop

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Join our workshop “ Empowering Europe’s vulnerable youth! “ during the #EURegionsWeek Two Interreg North West Europe projects – IMAGINE and EYES - pool their experience for this event, to share lessons learnt with policy makers and practitioners. When? 13 October 2020 from 9.30am to 11am via ZOOM Interested? You must register before 7 september via this link:
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Project news

IMAGINE feedback from LTA

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As part of the INTERREG "IMAGINE" project (2019-2023), the Lycée Technique Agricole (LTA) and the Forum pour l'Emploi (FPE), in collaboration with the Agency for the Agence pour le Développement de l’Emploi (National Center for employment) and the Centre d’Orientation Socio-Professionnelle (COSP), continued the seven-month training programme in market gardening, dedicated to young people who currently are not in education, employment or training (NEETs). Read More



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