Ethiopian Living Labs for regenerative, inclusive food systems

REFOOTURE Ethiopia organized a Project and living lab launch workshop

The REFOOTURE project is designed to collects evidence, identify pathways and supports collaboration in innovation for regenerative and inclusive food systems in Eastern Africa. Through the lead role of WUR the project moblise innovation capacity and strengthening the enabling environment via living labs in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. REFOOTURE Ethiopia project is pleased to launch the Regenerative Inclusive Food System (RIFS) in three regional states of Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia and South). The projects envisaged to generate evidence and facilitate innovation co-creation with stakeholders’ active engagement. Familiarization with SWR Ethiopia and its projects, the REFOOTURE approach, unpacking key concepts, sharing the mapping study findings and implementation modalities has been conducted during the project launching workshop that took place on the 7th of February, 2022 at Bellevue Hotel in Addis Ababa.

The introduction of RIFS and the commitment demonstrated to support efforts on enhancing soil health through composting is praised by the participants who have pledged to work closely with the projects. Director General of Extension at Ministry of Agriculture, Ato Germame Garuma, noted that their office is willing to provide all the necessary support to make the projects successful and actively engage in innovation co-creation process and mainstreaming of the findings into the policy and action. REFOOTURE and OTIPAVA is a one-year projects, supported by IKEA foundation.




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  1. REFOOTURE project will bring thinker, doer and enablers through its living lab for innovation co-creation and sustinable mainstreaming of Regenerative Inclusive Food System in Ethiopia.