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Climate Change and PID Programme

The Role of Local Innovation in Supporting Climate-Change Adaptation

During the International Partners Workshop in Cambodia in 2006, Prolinnova partners expressed their interest in looking into the link between climate-change adaptation and participatory innovation development (PID). After all, if farmers are constantly having to adapt to changes in local conditions, whatever the cause of these changes may be, some of their innovation efforts will most probably also be aimed at coping with the effects of climate change. Prolinnova partners then mobilised a small amount of funding to make an initial study to explore the relevance of local adaptation/innovation and the PID approach to climate-change adaptation at the local level. More specifically, the aims were to:

  • systematically document local experimentation processes that come about as a response to a locally felt need to adapt to climate change
  • understand local communities’ perceptions of "climate change"
  • stimulate documentation of local innovation (processes) at local level
  • draw lessons on the potential impact/influence of local innovation processes on climate-change adaptation policies and programmes.

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:

Consultative workshop on perception of change and identification of local innovations in Tahtay Maichew

A consultative workshop was held in Tahtay Maichew, Tigray Region of Ethiopia, to explore together with farmers and other stakeholders the local perceptions of change and to identify local innovations in response to change. The workshop was organised by Prolinnova-Ethiopia (PE), particularly by its member organisations Best Practice Association (BPA) and Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD). The full report can be found here: 

Capacity building in farmer-led joint experimentation in Tahtay Maichew, Tigray Region

Capacity building for farmers and other stakeholders who are engaging in joint experimentation was held in Tahtay Maichew District of Tigray Region.

The workshop was organised by Best Practice Association (BPA) and Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) in collaboration with other Axum Prolinnova Platform members – innovator farmers, Aksum University, District Agricultural Office, Zonal Food Security Desk, Axum Agriculture Research Center and the Prolinnova–Ethiopia (PE) Secretariat based at PANE (Poverty Alleviation Network Ethiopia). See the full report here:

Farmers’ Perceptions of Changes and their Local Innovation in Response thereto in Enebse Sar Medir, Ethiopia: Survey Report

In Enebse Sar Medir District of Amhara Region in central Ethiopia, an study was made of how smallholder farmers and their communities perceive the main changes affecting their livelihoods, including (but not only) climate change, and how they respond to these changes. The study was carried out by the Alem Berhan Self Help Community Based Development Association in Enebse Sar Medir and PANE (Poverty Action Network Ethiopia), the host of the Prolinnova-Ethiopia multistakeholder platform. It forms part of the Rockefeller Foundation-supported project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR). The survey report “Farmers’ perceptions of changes and their local innovation in response thereto in Enebse Sar Medir, Ethiopia” can be found here.

PK 2013 report on CCAFS partnership

 

Since January 2013, Prolinnova-Kenya is working together with the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This is the report on the activities in the first year of the collaboration.

 

Community perceptions of and creative response to change in Tahtai Maichew, Ethiopia

In Tahtai Maichew District of Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia, an study was made of how smallholder farmers and their communities perceive the main changes affecting their livelihoods, including (but not only) climate change, and how they try to respond and innovatively adapt to these changes. This study formed part of the work of the Prolinnova-Ethiopia multistakeholder platform in the Axum area, carried out in the Rockefeller Foundation-supported project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR). The “Assessment report on community perceptions of and creative capacity to respond to change in Tahtai Maichew, Ethiopia” can be found here.

CLIC-SR Ethiopia Project Field Report of Enebse Sar Medir (ESM)

Prolinnova-Ethiopia conducted a learning workshop in Enesbe Sar Medir (ESM), Mertule-Mariam, one of the project sites where CLIC-SR project is implemented. The learning workshop involved exchanging ideas with local people on perceived changes in recent years affecting their livelihoods and local innovations in response to these changes. After conducting the learning workshop, a study team was organised and briefed to carry out the field study and come up with identified local innovations. This report gives the highlights on the overall progress of the learning workshop and the way forward.

Influencing policy toward farmer-led innovation approaches

Within the framework of the CLIC-SR project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the four Country Platforms involved - in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - examined their past experiences in trying to influence policy to become more favourable towards farmer-led research and innovation approaches. They drew lessons which should guide them in their policy-dialogue activities in efforts to create a more enabling environment for approaches that link local and scientific knowledge and innovation and thus strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers to change - including climate change. The synthesised Working Document that came out of this review can be found here.

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