Lab of Tomorrow

Sustainable Food System
in Rwanda

The German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) has developed the Lab of Tomorrow (LOT) by order of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Lab of Tomorrow focuses on the early involvement of the local community into the conception of a new development cooperation project.

The Competence Center for Social Innovation at the University of St.Gallen (CSI-HSG) wants to adapt the Lab of Tomorrow to start a development cooperation with Switzerland.

The project is not only funded by the Hirschmann-Foundation, but also by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA).

In terms of a pragmatic procedure, the Lab of Tomorrow will be tested in connection with the development project 'Sustainable Food System in Rwanda’ in 2021.


The close cooperation with the local target group is the Lab of Tomorrow’s new approach and its very potential.

Innovative new solutions for a sustainable food system will be developed and tested together with the local community.

The Lab of Tomorrow will therefore organize workshops in Rwanda and in Switzerland, and create an internet platform to exchange ideas, results and to secure a permanent dialogue between all parties.

In a second phase, the platform will connect Swiss institutions of development cooperation with businesses and interested civilians.

Pilot in Rwanda

The pilot project in Rwanda aims at minimizing environmental losses and impacts that come with the production of food, especially water pollution, soil impact and waste. Furthermore, food waste will be proactively countered.

The project target is to move the food system towards a circular economy.

Malnutrition, restricted access to food, insufficient productivity and post-harvest losses are some of the biggest challenges of today’s food system in Eastern and Central Africa.

The LOT pilot project 'Sustainable Food System in Rwanda' aims at countering those problems by involving the local community.

The Hirschmann-Foundation is funding the project from 2020 to 2023 with CHF 100,000.


Partner of the Hirschmann-Foundation is the Competence Center for Social Innovation, University of St.Gallen.
Website: competence-center-for-social-innovation-csi-hsg