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PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM  

VISION:    A world where women and men farmers play decisive roles in agricultural research and development for sustainable livelihoods

International Partners Workshop 2014 in Cambodia

On 12–15 May, the annual International Partners Workshop (IPW) was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This celebrated the 10th anniversary of Prolinnova as a global partnership. Even though some last-minute travel problems prevented participation of people from two of the Country Platforms, the workshop recovered from this disappointment and developed into one of the more intensive and productive IPWs in the past decade.

WorldFish: Farmer-led innovation key to lasting change

WorldFish, the host organisation of the CGIAR Research Programme Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), has made a podcast of an interview with Boru Douthwaite, the scientist who leads the research theme on knowledge sharing, learning and innovation. Here, he talks about farmer-led innovation as key to lasting change: https://soundcloud.com/worldfish/farmer-led-innovation-key-to-lasting-change

For those of you who are interested in reading more about the study on farmer-led research to which he refers, there is a PPT with key lessons and a 4-page paper posted on the Prolinnova website under www.prolinnova.net/content/farmer-led-research-featured-tropentag-prague

Click here for the transcript.

Prolinnova in CGIAR Development Dialogues

A member of the Prolinnova International Secretariat at ETC Foundation, Ann Waters-Bayer, took part in the CGIAR Development Dialogues on 25 September 2014 in New York City. This event focused attention on the vital role of research in crop farming, livestock, forestry, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in achieving the emerging United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Dialogues featured lively panel debates among research scientists, high-level policymakers, private-sector players and people from philanthropic organisations, academic institutions and civil-society organisations.

Farmer-led research featured at Tropentag in Prague

A study of farmer-led research, carried out by Prolinnova in partnership with two CGIAR research programmes (CRPs), was presented at the Tropentag Conference on International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management & Rural Development, held in September 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. The study examined the documented impacts of CSO-facilitated “informal” agricultural research and development (ARD) in terms of food security, ecological sustainability, economic empowerment, gender relations, local capacity to innovate, and influence on ARD institutions.

SOLLINKKA: SOcial Learning LINKing Knowledge with Action

A 3-year collaboration (2013-15) is underway between Prolinnova and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) under the title "Social Learning LINKing Knowledge with Action" (SOLLINKKA). This fits into CCAFS’ theme “Integration for decision-making”, which aims at making knowledge useful for policymakers and ensuring effective engagement of rural communities in research. In SOLLINKKA, Prolinnova partners are engaging in social learning on the ground to demonstrate the value of the Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approach in strengthening resilience of farming communities in the face of climatic and other change, e.g. through:

POSTPONED TO 2015: West African Workshop on Farmer-Led Research & West Africa Farmer Innovation Fair

***These events are postponed to 2015 due to the risks of ebola. More information to follow soon.*** 

Prolinnova seeks enthusiastic volunteers! / cherche des volontaires enthousiastes! / busca voluntarios entusiastas!

Prolinnova is seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management (NRM) is the essence of Prolinnova. In several countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific, diverse organisations have joined forces to promote local innovation in agriculture and NRM. After analysing their own experiences in agricultural research and development (ARD), they have formed Country Platforms (CPs), designed their own programmes and agreed on joint international activities for mutual learning and policy dialogue. 

In 2014, Prolinnova is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its inaugural workshop help in Ethiopia in 2004. To keep the spirit and communication with the CPs, enthusiastic volunteers native in English, French and Spanish are needed to assist the network in editing and/or translating concept notes, emails, policy briefs and diverse texts.

CLIC–SR 2014 coordination & co-learning meeting

The Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda held a one-day regional project meeting for coordination of and co-learning from CLIC–SR (Combining Local innovation Capacities with Scientific Research) funded by Rockefeller Foundation, USA. The main topics covered this year were:

1) Strengthening capacities in Participatory Innovation Development (PID)
2) Linking farmer innovation with science through joint experimentation and Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs)
3) Issues related to monitoring and evaluation, partnership and policy dialogue
4) The way forward for the final year of the project, planned to run until August 2015.

During the Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW) immediately after their respective regional meetings, held simultaneously, the CPs involved in CLIC–SR in eastern Africa and LINEX–CCA (Local Innovation and Experimentation for Climate Change Adaptation) in southeast Asia facilitated a joint session on enhancing community resilience to externally driven change, climatic and otherwise.  

Telling the Prolinnova story at Agrinatura Science Days

Susan Kaaria, FAO Senior Gender Officer and Co-Chair of the Prolinnova Oversight Group, represented Prolinnova at the Agrinatura Science Days “Growing together: family farming and agricultural sciences transforming world food systems” on 5–7 May 2014 in Vienna, Austria. The event was hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in cooperation with Caritas Austria, the Austrian Development Agency, the Commission for Development Research and the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation. In support to the International Year of Family Farming, it brought together researchers and practitioners concerned with smallholder farming and food security in exchange, learning, networking and exploring new research and higher education partnerships. Susan was a speaker in the panel discussion on small-scale family farming and, in a later session, told the story of transformative change brought about by promoting local innovation in the field, using an example of women farmers in Uganda.

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