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Students on a Tour at the University for Development Studies Living Lab

This initiative learning method exemplifies the LLs dedication to nurturing the environmental stewards of tomorrow. By providing hands-on training in the innovative field of aquaponics, the UDS LL aims to equip students with valuable insights and practical skills. As they dive into the complexities of urban and peri-urban agriculture, they gain a deeper understanding of its vital role in promoting sustainability and food security.

Capacity-Building Class at Aglobe Development Center

Aglobe Development Center (ADC) hosted a dynamic capacity-building class to advance sustainable agricultural practices further. Attendees gained knowledge about Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) and Aquaponics, learning fundamental techniques to revolutionise farming methodologies. The class provided a platform for participants to deepen their understanding of modern agricultural techniques, paving the way for enhanced productivity and ecological sustainability in farming practices.

Successful Cowpea Harvest at Egerton Living Lab

At Egerton Living Lab, an onboarded farmer presents his second crop, cowpea. The same farmer already had one successful tomato harvest last year at this Living Lab. It is organically grown using fish waste and black soldier fly (BSF) frass, offering a healthy and sustainable option for consumers.

An important visit at the Université des Sciences et Techniques de Masuku Living Lab

Around sixty children from Padre Vico primary school visited the Université des Sciences et Techniques de Masuku Living Lab. The visit aimed to foster agricultural interest and technological innovation among Gabon’s youth while emphasising the significance of experiential learning and engagement. It is very important for the future of agriculture to nurture agricultural awareness from a young age. Indeed, starting agricultural education early lays a foundation for sustainable development, ensuring a prosperous future for Gabon’s agricultural landscape.

Harvest of Celery at Cameroon Living Lab

Cameroon Living Lab celebrates the successful harvest of Apium graveolens (Celery) from their hydroponic system. This vegetable is commonly used in salads, soups, and stews. This achievement highlights Living Lab’s commitment to innovative farming practices and addressing food security challenges.

Length-weight determination of fish in the aquaponics tank at Njala Univeristy

At one of our Living Labs,  length-weight determination of fish in the aquaponics tank is used for the estimation of either allometric or isometric growth and condition factors. Living lab practitioners are able to study the physiology, morphology, and life cycles of the fish giving them stable and reliable information for farming. Bi-weekly tracking has revealed a consistent weight gain indicating steady progress. The feeding protocol in the aquaponics system was optimized to correspond to 5% of the fish’s body weight. This approach reduces the need for daily weight measurements, offering a practical solution for monitoring progress. These findings not only provide essential information regarding fish growth, and serve as indicators of the system’s overall health and sustainability.

Practical Learning for Master’s Student at Kenyatta University

A master’s student from Kenyatta University is preparing to settle and feed the first colony of black soldier flies (BSF) obtained from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology(ICIPE) in Kenya. The initiative marks an important step towards advancing sustainable waste management practices within the academic community. Ongoing data collection highlights the thorough examination of BSF cultivation dynamics and its relevance to waste reduction strategies. Such efforts present the commitment of students towards innovative solutions for environmental sustainability.

The University of Ibadan Living Lab organized an onboarding program

The University of Ibadan Living Lab organized an onboarding program aimed at familiarising the public with the INCiTiS-FOOD urban food production innovation and welcoming new participants.

The event featured informative presentations and hands-on experiences covering:

– A presentation about the INCiTiS-FOOD project and the onboarding process.

– Presentations on the topic of insect production, highlighting its significance in sustainable food systems.

– The hydroponic unit to observe the growth of vegetables and tomatoes planted during the General Assembly in February 2024.

– Presentations on aquaponic and hydroponic units, emphasizing their role in urban food production.

Overall, the event served as an informative and interactive platform, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among participants and stakeholders.

New Participants Thrive in Living LabCo-Created Environment at Ghana’s Living Lab

The recently onboarded participants are getting familiarised with day-to-day operation of the Ghanaian Living Lab, actively engaging in co-creation sessions and design initiatives. Additionally, at the Living Lab in Ghana some fresh snapshots showcasing the iterative process that have been developing.

Aglobe Development Center Testing New Approaches

The Living Lab in Lagos, Nigeria has incorporated a new component to their radial flow and sand filter. After testing the approach in a 4-day trial, the upgrade surpassed the previous plan and showed to be a very promising alteration. The team at Agbloe Development Center will continue to monitor and test and share the progress with the remaining 7 INCiTiS-FOOD Living Labs.

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