AgriGo4Cities Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion

In recent times, the main needs and challenges related to governance systems within the Danube region can be associated with decreasing public institutional capacities to incorporate participatory approach into decision-making processes. The absence of participatory mechanisms is contributing to reduced motivation of people to engage in governance and administration because they feel relegated from political, social and economic agendas and not competent enough to act as an equivalent counterpart and a considerable driver of “change”. The gap between citizens and public authorities at all levels is therefore increasing and leading to intensified mistrust and lack of public participation, especially among the most disadvantaged communities at risk of exclusion, such as the poor, unemployed, homeless, Roma communities, elderly, women, and youth. The growing social and economic inequalities are reflected in reduced quality of urban life.

To overcome these challenges the AgriGo4Cities project wants to employ Participatory Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA) as a powerful and emerging method to improve public institutional capacities in order to tackle socio-economic exclusion of vulnerable/marginalized groups and to stimulate sustainable urban development in the Danube region. To this end, the project aims to develop an innovative methodology of participatory planning and integrate it into decision-making processes.

The methodology will improve capacities of public administrators to involve relevant stakeholders and civil society into governance and public participation. Intensified cooperation will boost mutual trust and stimulate strengthened socio-economic inclusion of vulnerable/marginalized groups. The reduction of social and economic inequalities will lead to the more sustainable development of disadvantaged neighborhoods. By applying a transnational multi-level approach the AgriGo4Cities project ambition is to become a flagship of well-governed Danube region.

Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1474190,2
ERDF Contribution: 1168642,62
IPA Contribution: 84419,02
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Well-governed Danube region
Specific objective
Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Lead partner SLOVENIA
Municipal District Prague 9 ERDF partner CZECH REPUBLIC
European Development Agency ERDF partner CZECH REPUBLIC
Municipality of Velenje ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd. ERDF partner HUNGARY
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Project News

  • AgriGo4Cities - Conference: Participatory urban agriculture for inclusive cities
    - 04-02-2019
    Conference: Participatory urban agriculture for inclusive cities

    We are pleased to invite you to the Final Transnational Conference of the Agrigo4Cities project: Participatory urban agriculture for inclusive cities, which will be held on 19th of March 2019 at MOM Kulturális Központ in Budapest. The...

    - 20-12-2018

    If you remember our article regarding the 5th Project Partner Meeting in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria  we talked shortly about some study visits that the whole AgriGo4Cities team enjoyed and which helped them to get to know some good examples of urban...

  • AgriGo4Cities - Invitation to the Transnational conference of the AgriGo4Cities project
    - 05-12-2018

    Urban agriculture for changing cities:  Governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion  Venue: Budapest (exact venue will be announced later)  Date: 19th of March 2019  We kindly invite you to the final...

  • AgriGo4Cities - First national Danube participation day in Slovenia
    - 19-11-2018

    On November 15 The Centre for European Perspective organised The First Danube participation day in order to informally connect professionals working in the Danube region. At the meeting many transnational and cross country projects where Slovenia...

  • AgriGo4Cities - Our Catalogue of Good Practices for UPA was presented at the press conference
    - 15-11-2018

    ZRC SAZU coworkers presented our Catalog of Good Practices for Urban Participatory Agriculture at the press conference of the ZRC SAZU Publishing House in Ljubljana on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The catalogue joined 23 authors from Slovenia,...

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