A planning workshop for 2023 and beyond held

From 20 to 22nd of September 2022, RAISE-FS held a planning workshop for 2023 FY and beyond at Adama town. The aim of this workshop, which gathered around 35 experts from research institutes and universities, was to identify and priorities concrete action points for innovation testing and validation related to transforming food systems in the … Continue reading A planning workshop for 2023 and beyond held

RAISE-FS Newsletter August 2022 issue published

The RAISE-FS newsletter's goal is to provide relevant information on latest developments and current problems issues in the Ethiopian food system as well as project support activities. The first issue outlines the major activities that took place between January and July 2022. A scoping study conducted by RAISE-FS to map gender and youth focused initiatives in the agriculture … Continue reading RAISE-FS Newsletter August 2022 issue published

Rapid Food System Appraisal in RAISE-FS

Understanding the nature, processes, drivers and governance of local food systems is a key priority to identify leverage points. To this end RAISE-FS has designed and implementing a Rapid Food System Appraisal approach to generate qualitative insights on key food system challenges and opportunities by engaging local stakeholders in action research. The Rapid food system … Continue reading Rapid Food System Appraisal in RAISE-FS

Highlights from a nutrition scoping study

Malnutrition is a serious problem among the poor population of developing countries including Ethiopia. Meeting dietary standards remains the challenge to Ethiopia. Scanning thefood systems to analyse the various actors engaged in nutrition and food safety is critical for identifying viable intervention strategies and adhering to the concepts of sequencing, layering, and integration during nutrition … Continue reading Highlights from a nutrition scoping study

Sharing Experience and Exploring Possibilities for Partnership between Worldveg Ethiopia and RAISE-FS

RAISE-FS and ENSP staffs met with Worldveg Ethiopia team on 22nd of July 2022 at SWR Ethiopia office to share experiences and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Dr. Tewodrose Terefe, RAISE-FS senior advisor, made an introductory remark to set the scene of the learning event. In his introductory remark he cited the forum's general objective as … Continue reading Sharing Experience and Exploring Possibilities for Partnership between Worldveg Ethiopia and RAISE-FS

Spices private sector validation workshop

The Ethiopian Spices Aromatic and Herbs Growers and Processors Association (ESAHGPA) and RAISE FS agreed to collaborate in future platform meetings which would also help the association identify potential new members as well as enhance the engagement ofexisting members aside from discussing major sector challenges with other stakeholders. ESAHGPA held its general assembly on July … Continue reading Spices private sector validation workshop

ESTABLISHING A LIVING LAB: KEY LESSSONS FROM ETHIOPIA

By Jonah Muthui (PhD) Nakuru Living lab (Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya) The success of a living lab requires active involvement of all actors in co-creating a vision, defining the objectives and identifying activities that achieve these objectives. The REFOOTURE project’s objective is to transform food systems to regenerative and inclusive systems. To achieve this objective, … Continue reading ESTABLISHING A LIVING LAB: KEY LESSSONS FROM ETHIOPIA

RAISE-FS facilitates 2022 planning and validation workshops

Planning workshopIn order to improve collaboration and partnerships, RAISEFS recognises stakeholder engagement as an important first step in project implementation. As a result, a collaborative planning session was held in each of the regions following the signing of the collaborationagreement between RAISE-FS and the implementing partners. The planning workshops wereconducted for two days in each … Continue reading RAISE-FS facilitates 2022 planning and validation workshops

Transforming a village using game-changer innovations model: The case of South Achefer living lab in Ethiopia

By Tewodros Tefera (PhD) The REFOOTURE project (Food Futures Eastern Africa) promotes Regenerative Inclusive Food systems (RIFS) using a Living lab as a platform to bring thinkers, enablers, and doers to facilitate the process of change and transformation. It collects evidence, identifies pathways, and supports collaboration in innovation co-creation of regenerative and inclusive food systems … Continue reading Transforming a village using game-changer innovations model: The case of South Achefer living lab in Ethiopia

Soaring fertilizer costs threateningfood and nutrition security in Ethiopia

Global developments are causing a chain of spin-off effects that influence the food chain at an international and local scale. The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has resulted in price increases for natural gas which is needed to produce ammonia and then nitrogen, key elements of fertilizers, as well as increased fertilizer transportation costs.The … Continue reading Soaring fertilizer costs threateningfood and nutrition security in Ethiopia

Interaction, networking and feedback are very important to ensure food systems transformation

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in partnership with Stichting Wageningen Research (SWR) conducted the validation workshop for the RAISE-FS regional plan on July 02, 2022, at Bellevue Hotel in Addis Ababa. Dr. Diriba Geleti, Deputy Director General for Research, EIAR, said in his opening speech that Interaction, networking and feedback are very important for … Continue reading Interaction, networking and feedback are very important to ensure food systems transformation

Mapping gender and youth focused initiatives in theagriculture sector: a scoping study

Several governmental and non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society and research organizations are currently engaged in addressing gender and social inclusion issues in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. However, there is stilllimited coordination and collaboration between these stakeholders, which results in duplication of effort, fragmentation of resources, and the use of various approaches and methodologies. … Continue reading Mapping gender and youth focused initiatives in theagriculture sector: a scoping study

Identifying Leverage Points to Foster Food System Transformation in Ethiopia

The underlying problem framing or conceptualization guides interventions to promote food system transformation. This framing, on the other hand, pays little attention to other, sometimes underlying causes of food system challenges, such as institutional interplay or power imbalances. In practice, however, determining how to intervene in a specific food system to most effectively promote food … Continue reading Identifying Leverage Points to Foster Food System Transformation in Ethiopia

Institutional Innovation Key to Food System Transformation

Food system transformation requires innovation across and within food systems, as well as strong teamwork, partnerships, and building on previous experiences. Facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms at all levels is critical for food system transformation. RAISE-FS acknowledges and use as an implementation approach institutional innovations that improve and develop new models of collaboration and partnerships to ensure … Continue reading Institutional Innovation Key to Food System Transformation

SWR Ethiopia inks collaboration agreement with regional implementing partners

Stichting Wageningen Research (SWR) Ethiopia inked collaboration agreements with regional Agricultural Research Institutes and Universities for its project Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food System (RAISE-FS) on the 29th of April 2022 at Bellevue Hotel in Addis Ababa. The signing ceremony took place between SWR-RAISE-FS and three regional universities- Bahir Dar, Hawassa, and … Continue reading SWR Ethiopia inks collaboration agreement with regional implementing partners

RAISE-FS: supporting food system transformation endeavours in Ethiopia

Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food Systems (RAISE-FS) is a four year project (2021-2025) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa and hosted by Stichting Wageningen Research Ethiopia, which is an international NGO based in Addis Ababa. With the vision of having a more resilient, inclusive, and … Continue reading RAISE-FS: supporting food system transformation endeavours in Ethiopia

The Second BENEFIT ISSD-Ethiopia seed alert highlights the effect of COVID-19 mobility restrictions on the Ethiopian seed sector

The second BENEFIT ISSD-Ethiopia COVID-19 seed alert that was published this week highlighted issues related to release and registration of new varieties, timely supply of early generation seed (EGS),  quality assurance in EGS production, reduced availability of varieties in high demand  and challenges related to producers access to agro-inputs, labor and finance.  

New effort to better understand and mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on the seed sector: A collaborative effort between ISSD Ethiopia and WCDI

In response to COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on food security, BENEFIT-ISSD Ethiopia Program’s recent effort focuses on better understanding how the pandemic affects the seed sector and supports the development of urgent coping strategies that would enhance resilience and support continuity of activities of the seed sector.