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PROFIEET profiled at the GFAR meeting in Nairobi

Amanuel Assefa from AgriService Ethiopia (ASE), the NGO that is coordinating PROFIEET (PROmoting Farmer Innovation and Experimentation in EThiopia), addressed the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2003. He described the process of reviewing Ethiopian experiences in Farmer Participatory Research and Participatory Technology Development at the national PROFIEET workshop, held in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, in August 2003, and the action plan that was developed at the workshop. He stressed the importance of the international learning platform Prolinnova. for the work of PROFIEET, and announced the news of Netherlands support to Prolinnova. His paper and Powerpoint presentation are also on the GFAR website (www.egfar.org). 

National PROLINNOVA programmes designed at African workshops

With IFAD support, multi-stakeholder steering groups coordinated by local NGOs in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda held national-level workshops to analyse their own experiences in promoting local innovation and experimentation through participatory research and extension. Action plans drawn up during the workshops are now being formulated at national proposals for Prolinnova programmes.

New book! “Advancing Participatory Technology Development”

Participatory approaches to research and extension have received increasing attention in recent years, but their application has been mainly confined to specific projects outside of or on the margins of the large formal institutions meant to serve agricultural development. The challenge now is to integrate these approaches into the day-to-day operations of such institutions. In different parts of the world, pioneering efforts are being made to address this challenge. Some cases were documented and analysed in an international comparative study that culminated in a workshop in late 2001 on “Advancing Participatory Technology Development (PTD)” in the Philippines. In 2002, IIRR and ETC Ecoculture published a synthesis of the study-cum-workshop output, together with abstracts of the cases, in the booklet “Participatory Technology Development in agricultural improvement: challenges for institutional integration”. Now, a larger book has been compiled with edited versions of selected case studies that describe attempts to integrate PTD approaches into institutions of agricultural research, extension and education. 

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