Hivos Food Change Lab Takes Off In Bulawayo and Harare

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A Food Change Lab (FCL) is a participatory innovation process that aims to better understand problems in the food system, build coalitions of change, generate solutions, and test them on the ground. The process is ideal for addressing complex issues which encompass a myriad of actors, facets and policies. It is designed to promote systemic change, shifting food systems towards more inclusivity and sustainability.

Though following the same process and principles, the labs in Zambia and Uganda had their own unique set-up and content focus, leading to a rich pallet of results. Cooking demonstration by Orugali women. Photo by KRC production diversification, youth empowerment, awareness creation and informal sector support, led by Hivos partner organisations with expertise in each thematic area. The food change lab and food policy council concepts are similar in that both are multi-stakeholder platforms but they differ mainly in the process and methodology they use for attaining desired outcomes.

The food change lab is a problem-solving process where a multi-stakeholder alliance moves through different phases – from problem identification to ideation and prototyping of solutions. Zambia Food Change Lab The Zambia Food Change Lab began in Chongwe District at the local level.

It was set up in 2015 to address the problem of limited diversity on Zambian farms and in local diets. The Chongwe Food Lab soon evolved into the Zambia Food Change Lab in 2016, which was broader in scope and looked at national challenges in the Zambian food system.

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