Like all FUSILLI Living Labs, Nilufer initiated the first step to prepare its guiding document “Food Living Lab Roadmap” which will shed light on the targets and activities of the Lab that aims at sparking the transition in the city’s food sector. The goal is to develop:

A Food Lab that aims to create a multi-stakeholder ecosystem where durability aspects are questioned in order to ensure the transition to a sustainable food system, a lab environment where hypotheses are developed and implementations can be tested.

In January, the local Turkish FUSILLI partners (Nilufer Municipality, Izmir Democracy University and Demir Enerji) organized a workshop to conduct discussions on framing and further defining its Lab. The boundaries of the Living Lab phenomena were discussed in terms of spatial, temporal and evaluation / assessment aspects.

For instance, if a Living LAB is conceptualized within “spatial boundaries”, how will the actions be monitored and measured within FUSILLI lifetime? Do we expect a direct /short-term impact for Nilufer Actions through FUSILLI? How will the Nilufer Living Lab be sustainable? Or, if a Living Lab is conceptualized within “temporal boundaries”, how will FUSILLI define KPIs for food priority areas and targets for sub-priority areas?

Long discussions directed the Nilufer Living Lab to highlight the measuring and evaluation of its actions within the project lifetime and urban-rural boundaries. More research on how they we will measure the “Urban Food Transition in the city” will be conducted in the Nilufer Living Lab soon.

During the discussions, each innovation action of the Lab was considered one by one and associated within the Living Lab or in general urban food transformation system circles. The screenshot from the workshop presents the results by aligning each action to be implemented within testing or long-term implementation environment.

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