Living Labs: Brazil

The CITYFOOD Living Lab in São Paulo (Brazil) is a new facility which will offer education and training possibilities, support the creation of new job opportunities (with a focus on gender equality). The goods produced at the living lab will be sold via an agreement with FUNEP, the Foundation for Research, Teaching and Extension/UNESP.

About the Lab

The Living Lab will be situated at the Faculty of Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences (FCAV) of the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Campus of Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil.  It will contain three compartments such as a pilot-scale commercial coupled-aquaponics (PSCCA), an experimental standard IAAC (EAD) for research purposes; and low-cost standard gardening IAAC units (LCGA).

Given the variety of designs, it will be possible to conduct a range of experiments planned in the facility to test economic viability of the respective production units.

The pilot-scale commercial coupled- system (PSCCA) will produce approximately 200 kg of fish per year and around 375-500 plants per cycle.

Fig. Plan for IAAC Living Labs in Brazil

Location Features

Special research activities/tasks for the Living Lab at the university campus in São Paulo/Brazil:


  • Analysing different methods for biological filtration (in situ biofloc versus ex-situ RAS based filtration)
  • Determination of appropriate stock densities for different species of fish and plants
  • Testing and investigating fish and plant species which are best suitable for South American conditions

Our Involvement

Survey of production and price of edible vegetables


As part of the CITYFOOD project, two students of the Agricultural Technical College (CTA) are conducting in situ surveys to identify production & sales sites, as well as the price profile of vegetables sold in the region where the Living lab will be installed (Jaboticabal, SP). The vegetable production was identified, and the price collection is in progress.

Online characterization of Brazilian aquaponic productions


Online questionnaire addressed to aquaponic producers in Brazil was developed with the objective of characterizing and diagnosing commercial, hobby, familiar, educational and research productions and facilities. During the period of 90 days, 44 responses returned and all data are being analyzed for later disclosure.