FUEGOS – Fundación para los Emprendimientos Gastronómicos y las Oportunidades Sostenibles, or in English: Foundation for Culinary Enterprises and Sustainable Opportunities, is a civil society, non-profit organization. FUEGOS seeks to turn culinary endeavors into a driving force for social transformation that contributes to sustainable development and equity in all its forms in both Ecuador and the rest of Latin America.
✓ To promote healthy eating habits and responsible consumption
✓ To encourage sustainable production practices and to conserve biodiversity
✓ To promote culinary entrepreneurship which stimulates local economies and contributes to social inclusion
✓ To strengthen the local population’s cultural identity through the recovery and revaluation of regional cuisine
The “Food for Change in Manabí" initiative seeks to transform the tragedy left behind by the April 2016 earthquake into an opportunity to release the creative force of the people and build more inclusive, resilient and innovative communities, as well as sustainable futures for all, regardless of gender.
The Food and Coffee School and Restaurant is named ‘Iche’, a word from an ancestral Manabí
language, that refers to the area’s most delicious delicacies: corviche, ceviche, viche,
'Iche' is a Food, Cocoa and Coffee School that:
- Trains youth and women from Manabí
- Teaches about products, cooking and nutrition
- Equips students with skills to generate entrepreneurship
- Trains farmers in sustainable production techniques
'Iche' is a Restaurant that:
- Serves as an internship opportunity for students
- Facilitates meetings between lovers of good food who are passionate about social transformation
- Acts as an 'Incubator' to nurture and inspire other restaurants and eateries to use local and healthy products
The Iche Food Innovation Lab is designed as a technologically equipped space to co-create new ways to both value traditional food and to innovate upon it, always based on the culinary culture of Manabí.
Many different actors in the culinary ecosystem with the aim of adding value will identify the potential of specific local foods and dishes that is not presently being tapped.
The students in the Food School will co-create culinary innovations with experts in food science and enterprises. Each potential initiative will be investigated for its feasibility, using sensory testing, shelf life testing and quality control.
FUEGOS intends to contribute to the establishment of an Ecosystem for open and
inclusive innovation, bringing together collaboration from State institutions, civil
society organizations, international cooperation agencies, the private sector,
international humanitarian and development organizations and academic entities from
Ecuador and the rest of the world.
In this way, traditional knowledge is valued and empowered along with science and technology in order to ensure that Manabí is a province that innovates by harnessing its culinary identity.
FUEGOS aims to share the flavors of Manabí with the rest of the planet and create a space in which cooks and young people from Manabí and the rest of the world get together to exchange knowledge and experiences, to identify opportunities for join learning and to create new endeavors and flavors.