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June 15, 2021


FEMOZ is the first ITT project to implement a “Living Lab” (LL) as the project’s corner stone for a long-term R&D participatory strategy with the consortium partners and stakeholders. The FEMOZ LL is a user-centered, open-innovation platform for co-research and co-development of knowledge in the field of Food Environments and Food Systems. Together with FEMOZ stakeholders innovative problem solutions will be co-created for positive outcomes of Food Security and Nutrition (FSN).

The FEMOZ LL includes a Science-Policy-Society Interface (SPSI) emphasizing the dissemination and exploitation of project results based on the exchange of evidence within the Living Lab with individuals who can influence policy decisions affecting the food environments and food systems. Another component of the LL is the Capacity Development Hub (CDH), aiming at the exploitation of results in training and capacitation of key-stakeholders, assuring deep-scaling of results through the joint development of guidelines, capacity development measures, and transformative learning.

The FEMOZ LL work packages are structured in 5 phases. Find more details in the following.



June 8, 2021

HyTLC and ADaePT

The Hybrid International Teaching & Learning Community (HyTLC) and Adaptive Master Programs for Adept Graduates Global Change Agents Towards Sustainability Transition (ADaePT) projects, serve to meet the demand for international digital study programs in Resources Management while simultaneously promoting the digitalization process in German Universities.

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May 11, 2021

Congratulations to Hassan Aboelnga!

Hassan Aboelnga has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on 6th of May 2021 for the acquisition of the academic degree Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) at Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Kassel in Germany entitled “Assessment Framework for Urban Water Security”.

He was a collaborative Ph.D. researcher of TH Köln – supervised by Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe (Dean of Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems at TH Köln) and University of Kassel by Prof. Franz-Bernd Frechen. The examination committee included  Prof. Olcay Unver (Vice Chair of United Nations-Water), Prof. Tobias Morck  ( Head of Urban Water Management department at University of Kassel) and Prof.´in Martina Flörke (Chair of Engineering Hydrology and Water Management at Ruhr-Universität Bochum).

Well done Hassan and we wish you all the best! Take care and stay healthy – your ITT Team

May 4, 2021

TH Köln about ITT Alumnus

Himkaar Singh – Saving the world with soil

Is there a way to protect our planet and have everyone involved benefit from it? Yes, there is, says Himkaar Singh, alumnus of the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT). He founded the recycling business The Compost Kitchen in his home country South Africa and made his vision a reality. He turns unused organic household waste into fertile soil and solves several problems at a time. […]

He decided to quit his job and leave South Africa. “I didn’t leave my country to avoid the problem, but to come back with a solution,” he says. Which is why he enrolled in the English master‘s program “Integrated Water Resources Management“ at the ITT where he learned about the ever-growing challenges of overpopulation and economic growth and the impact climate change has on our water resources worldwide.

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April 18, 2021

FEMOZ Kick-Off

On April 16th, 2021, researchers from the ITT and other FEMOZ’s partner institutions and different stakeholders gathered digitally to discuss the challenges and pathways to strengthening the rural food environments in Mozambique. The gathering was FEMOZ’s first official event hosted by the partner University Eduardo Mondlane and co-organized by the ITT.

Special attention was given to understand the main dimensions of food environments and to present the Living Lab FEMOZ approach for co-research towards strengthening the resilience of rural food environments in the context of disaster risk and climate change. Furthermore, FEMOZ’s partners, local institutions, and stakeholders of the study regions Maputo, Sofala and Nampula gathered in different brainstorming sessions to get to know each other, discuss the regions’ challenges, and start planning the implementation and execution of the FEMOZ research plan.

The FEMOZ Kick-Off workshop was attended by important Mozambican guests representing the FEMOZ partner institutions such as the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN), the National Disaster Risk Management Institute (INGD), the University of Rovuma. Several other Mozambican NGO partners were present as well. The German Federal Office of Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung) was also represented.

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