Nakuru Living Lab


Our mission is to provide food security in the most environmentally friendly and inclusive way in Nakuru county

Our vision

Our main activities

Therefore, we support innovation cases that want to develop new regenerative and inclusive pathways of doing business.

We are building a strong living lab community that enable these innovation cases to transform the food systems over a longer term.

Nakuru Living Lab is part of an East-African network of living labs for regenerative and inclusive food systems, with living labs in Uganda and Ethiopia and is internationally supported by the REFOOTURE project, and is financed by the IKEA Foundation.

This requires innovation in food production and consumption and transformation of our food systems.

Therefore, we support innovation cases that want to develop new regenerative and inclusive pathways of doing business.

Nakuru Region

Nakuru county lies in Kenyan highlands. Two main urban centres are Nakuru and Naivasha. Over 2 million people are living in Nakuru county.

Our food is provided by a well-flourishing horticulture and dairy sector, while the many fresh water lakes support a growing fishery sector. Other economically important sectors in our county are floriculture, forestry, cattle farming, tourism, transport and geothermal energy sector. Our agricultural sector has grown over time but there is still a yield gap that affects overall production. Our region also experiences some environmental and inclusivity issues that we would like to address in the Nakuru Living Lab:   

Environmental issues like:

  • loss of soil fertility and erosion
  • soil and water pollution due to heavy metals and other effluents
  • environmental pollution and degradation due to waste and untreated sewage
  • loss of land, ecosystems and habitats due to population growth and urbanisation
  • deforestation
  • CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
  • Climate change, unpredictable weather events and water scarcity
  • Unsafe food  

Inclusivity issues like:

  • Gender inequality
  • Youth unemployment
  • Small holders with limited prospects for farming
  • Proportion of the people with lack of access to health facilities, education, healthy food.

We, Nakuru Living Lab, wants to provide food security in a way that these environmental and inclusivity issues are solved. Therefore, Nakuru Living Lab supports people that wants to innovate to solve these common issues and we bring together policymakers, investors, scientists, NGO’s and citizens that can enable a long term transformation of our food production and consumption

Innovation agenda

At the core of the Nakuru Living Lab is the Innovation agenda. The Innovation agenda present the topics for innovation in the scope of the living lab:

Innovation for regeneration:

  • Restoring and enriching soil fertility
  • Biomass and waste recycling
  • Use of renewable energy sources
  • Water saving and quality preservation practices
  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and landscape restoration

Innovation for inclusivity:

  • Livelihood diversification
  • Diversification of dietary sources
  • Youth and women employment and entrepreneurship
  • Affordability of basic necessities like energy, food, water
  • Closing gap between formal and informal markets

If you are interested to work with us on these innovation topics, do not hesitate to become part of the Nakuru Living Lab community and contact us