The project kicked off with a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya where representatives from all 23 partners involved in the project were present. The consortium behind the project includes the key players in the agri-food supply and value chain, as well as partners with expertise in business development, social inclusion and capacity building. During the meeting, the partners discussed their plans for the project and the key steps they will need to take in order to achieve their goals, including the methodology needed for the realization of all LLs in Africa. Overall, the meeting was a success and everyone is now looking forward to moving forward with the project.
INCiTiS-FOOD at events
European Startup Village Alliance event
Mladen Radišić, CEO of Foodscale Hub, highlighted that INCiTiS–FOOD will co-finance the participation of marginalized and vulnerable groups to attend mutual learning and capacity-building events through the financial support to third parties (FSTP) mechanism. Applicants of the Open Calls are expected to replicate and advance solutions developed in the Living Labs thus active participation and learning is expected.
Munich Security Conference
Food security is crucial for social peace. At a side event of the Munich Security Conference in February 2023, INCiTiS–FOOD project coordinator, Gertrud Buchenrieder talked about the importance of listening to stakeholders in African city regions to co-develop best-fit agri-food technologies and business models at the world’s leading forum for debate on international security policy. Such approaches will help improve African stakeholders’ food and nutrition security, their WEFE Nexus and provide co-benefits such as new and attractive jobs.
Food 2030 Workshop “Future Research & Innovation Needs”
Along with Magdalena G., research policy officer at European Commission and other key players in agrifood, our project coordinator, Gertrud Buchenrieder, discussed the transition to sustainable, healthy, and inclusive food systems.
Currently, the Living Labs (LLs) are developing general and context-specific implementation plans and activities. Creating concrete timings of activities, onboarding procedures and of course, technical innovation development are the foci in this phase of the project. The frequent communication with technical and research partners, the Living Labs have access to real-time support and are able to develop the needed solutions. As the project and activities develop our YouTube channel will become more vibrant and engaging and will feature video blogs about the progress of the Living Labs.
Once the first iteration of the Living Labs is installed, the two week initial trainings (Training of Trainers, ToT) will take place. The current schedule is, that the first ToT will take place in Ghana (July 2023), followed by Kenya (September) and Gabon (November).