Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) (Turkey)
Since 2017, WDI has been a member of the LIFE Project consortium led by the Center for International Private Enterprise. The project aims to develop sustainable livelihoods in the food sector for Syrian refugees, other refugees and their host communities in Turkey. An incubator model is used to offer a four-month incubation program to entrepreneurs at Food Enterprise Centers (FECs), based in Istanbul and Mersin. The FECs also offer kitchen space and business support services. As part of the project’s goal to promote social cohesion across cultures, the FECs offer gastrodiplomacy experiences. The project will publish a cookbook featuring recipes from members. At the end of project’s second year, the program will have 240 graduates.
WDI’s key role is to lead design and development of the curriculum for the entrepreneurship incubation program, conduct workshops for in-country staff focused on delivering the curriculum and entrepreneurship pedagogy, and design a mentorship program. IDEMA, the Stimson Center and Union Kitchen are also part of the LIFE consortium.