A FFRU is conceived as learning space, where research, restoration, innovation, demonstration, SI education, extension and capacity building (workshops, field visits) are realised. Inside the FFRU, researchers, partners and selected stakeholders (farmers, development agents, representatives of farmers’ union, public institutions) exchange inputs, integrate WP-related knowledge, experiment a wide range of issues directly and practically on the field  (i.e. management of soil fertility and water resources, crop variety selection, risk associated with toxic pesticides, etc), in a continuous and mutual exchange between tacit and academic knowledge.

FFRUs promote a virtuous process that includes marginalised and/or abandoned lands and existing agricultural lands into novel best practices aimed to increase yield potential through active participation, collaboration, cooperation between researchers, farmers and stakeholders.


The ambition of the FFRUs is to set up a virtuous process of permanent dialogue between stakeholders through the use of virtual and material research/relational platforms. FFRUs aim to find a balance between the needs of communities related to economic support, social fairness and environmental protection through the sustainable use of available resources (natural, human, financial etc.). Permanence beyond the project time as well as identification of FFRUs as a new operating model will be the greatest ambition.

Critical Issues of the Study Areas

Description of the FFRUs


University of Makeni.png


Insert Information



Insert Information

Hawassa University.png


Insert Information


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862848

Contact us

For Communication and Dissemination activities

Information about our Privacy Policy

  • LinkedIn Icona sociale
  • Twitter Icon sociale
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Powered by OCCAM