PrAEctiCe project is funded by the HORIZON Europe programme under Grant Agreement number 101084248

PrAEctiCe’s Project Partners meet in Kisumu, Kenya

In the sixth month since the inception of the PrAEctiCe project, the partners met in person for the first time in Kisumu, Kenya, which is also home to one of three PrAEctiCe Living Labs being operated during the project’s lifespan.

Africa Agribusiness Academy (AA-Academy) and the Kenya  Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (moALD) organised and hosted all the members.

On the first day of the meeting, 4 April, all the partners’ representatives had the opportunity to present the progress made so far and the planned upcoming activities relevant to them. This initiated a conducive dialogue between the partners regarding the forthcoming activities.

Partners discussed the next steps in the project, including evaluating the economic and environmental sustainability of agroecological practices in East Africa. Moreover, stakeholder mapping, planning of co-creation activities in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, and further development of the Decision Support Tool were addressed.

On the second day of the meeting, 5 April, all the partners visited the living lab site. The living lab is a user-centred, open innovation ecosystem based on a systematic user co-creation approach integrating research and innovation processes in real-life communities and settings.

VicInAqua Facilities

The living lab is a Tilapia fish farm built as part of a previous project VicInAqua. All of the PrAEctiCe partners had time to inspect the existing facility during a guided viewing. Discussions around the expansion and development of the current site were attended to, as also the space for future construction.

The Kisumu facility’s innovations will contribute to agroecology practices focusing on circular water-energy-nutrient systems of integrated aqua-agriculture. The best solutions for the high potential, efficient farming method with minimal climate impacts, will be communicated to smallholder farmers in East Africa via advisors and a Decision Support Tool being developed.

The partners look forward to visiting the second Living Lab in Kampala, Uganda, in September 2023.

Prof. Jan Hoinkis from Hochschule Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) -(Germany) gave opening remarks.
Partner Representatives during guided viewing
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