• Agriculture
  • Supply Chain
  • Waste & Recycling

lot 14: Towards a circular food system in Rwanda

Co-initiated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) & Competence Center for Social Innovation at the University of St.Gallen (CSI-HSG)

Challenge Identification

How might we contribute to a circular food system in Kigali/Rwanda?


Please find an overview of the subchallenges below. The precisely formulated subchallenges can be viewed here.


Rwanda’s fast population growth and accelerated urbanization is increasing pressure on land, water, and food resources. In addition to this, our current linear food system is based on a ‘take-makewaste’ model that leads to extraction of finite resources, air pollution as well as soil and water contamination, harming not only the environment but also the human health.

A circular food system, in contrast, can keep products and materials in use, regenerate natural systems and reuse waste.

Innovation Sprint

ideas developed
proven business models

Business Design

6 ventures currently are in this phase

Market Pilot

Market Pilot

Business Operations

Business Operations