RAISE-FS envisions more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable food systems in Ethiopia.:

  • Resilient to biophysical and economic shocks
  • Inclusive of women, youth, smallholders, low-income communities and marginalized groups
  • Sustainable environmentally, socially and economically

Research for Food Systems transformation programme

Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food Systems (RAISE-FS) is a four-year program funded by the Dutch Embassy in Addis Ababa and hosted by Stichting Wageningen Research Ethiopia based in Addis Ababa, to bring about transformation in the Ethiopian food system. RAISE-FS will develop and implement a demand-driven and interdisciplinary approach to Research for Food System Transformation (R4FST). Through this RAISE-FS contributes to the Government of Ethiopia’s transformational agenda.

Drivers and leverage points

With the Research for Food System Transformation approach RAISE-FS will together with partners and stakeholders analyse the drivers and food system activities that contribute to the transformation of the food system by addressing leverage points, resulting in increased productivity, enhanced value chain performance and improved human nutrition for improved food security while minimizing environmental impact and ensuring social inclusion.

Five primary outcomes

The programme specifically works to achieve five specific interrelated outcomes to promote, resilient, inclusive and sustainable food systems in Ethiopia.

  1. Social and economic empowerment of women and youth in food systems increased
  2. Efficient and environmentally sustainable production increased
  3. Sector performance and value chains enhanced
  4. Availability of safe and nutritious foods increased
  5. Enabling environment for system change enhanced

Pathways of influence

RAISE-FS facilitated Research for Food System Transformation (R4FST) is oriented to:

  • identifying testable innovations in policy, practices, and institutions from both national and international experiences;
  • testing and validation of relevant innovations together with local implementing partners;
  • demonstration of evidence of innovation;
  • engage with collaborating and scaling partners for institutionalization and mainstreaming; and
  • scientific documentation lessons to contribute to science.