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About the South Africa Country Platform

The Institute of Natural Resources (INR) is the facilitating NGO for Prolinnova-South Africa, which aims to build and strengthen partnerships between the various stakeholders involved in agricultural research and development in South Africa.

The platform in South Africa was launched in 2004. Projects that have been undertaken by Prolinnova-South AFrica have included:

  • Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR), which has involved the establishment of a local innovation support facility to promote local innovation (LI) and participatory innovation development (PID)
  • The HIV/AIDS and PID (HAPID) initiative that is investigating the role that that LI and PID can play in terms of either preventing infection or overcoming the challenges associated with HIV/AIDS.
  • Farmer-led documentation (FLD) pilot, taking place in KwaZulu-Natal Province, which is looking at the advantages of FLD as a tool for facilitating sharing and communication.
  • Nuffic-funded Taylor-made Training Programme - Training and Mentoring to develop capacity in participatory innovation development.

Over the years, the network has been involved in identifying cases of local innovation, building capacity in undertaking joint experimentation and conducting participatory innovation development.

A key concern of the programme is how to protect farmers' intellectual property rights and maintain their competitive advantage, while encouraging them to share innovations so as to stimulate dynamic innovation processes that bring together different knowledge systems.

While we do not currently have a specific project that supports joint activities currently, the partners continue to integrate into their own programmes the principles of participatory research and an appreciation of farmers' ability to innovate.

 

AFAAS/GFRAS event on Developing Local Extension Capacity, Durban, South Africa

On 4 November 2017, upon the invitation of Max Olupot (AFAAS), Brigid Letty (a member of Prolinnova-South Africa and a member of the Prolinnova taskforce for the Eastern and Southern Africa Sub-region) attended an event that was a joint initiative of GFRAS (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services) and AFAAS (African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services). It was a side event of the Joint Conference comprising the 3rd AFAAS Africa-wide Agricultural Extension Week and the 51st Annual Conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension.

TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP IN PARTICIPATORY INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT

Cases of joint experimentation - Outcomes and lessons learnt 
August 2015 to July 2016

A training programme, conducted in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), funded by Nuffic involved two workshops and a period of practical application of the principles covered in the workshops. The final report documents the cases of joint experimentation undertaken by participating organisations. The training programme was requested by Mahlathini Development Foundation and was supported by the Institute of Natural Resources (INR).

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PID training report and feedback session

A training programme, conducted in collaboration with KIT, has been funded by Nuffic and has involved two workshops and a period of practical application of the principles covered in the workshops. The training programme was requested by Mahlathini Development Foundation and was supported by Institute of Natural Resources NPC.

10-year review Prolinnova-South Africa

Looking back over the last 10 years: a review of Prolinnova-South Africa and its efforts to institutionalise participatory development approaches and an appreciation of local innovation
Brigid Letty (March 2014)

Introduction

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) 2 in South Africa: findings and lessons learnt

Prolinnova South Africa was one of the seven countries that piloted local innovation support funds (LISFs) under the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The report Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) 2 in South Africa: findings and lessons learnt captures some of the key experiences and lessons of the pilot. It discusses some of the challenges of operationalising innovation funds at community level and provides several recommendations for ensuring that the LISFs are sustained and further strengthened.

Prolinnova-SA 2011 summary report

Summary report on activities undertaken during 2011 by Prolinnova partners

Learning in innovation systems in South Africa

In South Africa (SA), the Prolinnova network is linked with the EU-funded JOLISAA (Joint Learning in Innovation Systems in African Agriculture) project through Brigid Letty, Institute of Natural Resources, coordinator of Prolinnova–SA and member of the JOLISAA–SA team. At a JOLISAA-SA workshop in late January 2012, extension agents and researchers involved in three cases of innovation

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