About the Prolinnova-Ghana platform

Development organisations and researchers working in rural communities have often failed to base intervention technologies and approaches on small-scale farmers’ innovative capacities and active participation in the context of local production systems and practices on which they have depended for decades for their livelihoods. External technologies have often failed because of their dependence on high external inputs and expertise. Prolinnova–Ghana was established in 2004 as part of the global Prolinnova network to strengthen development processes of agricultural research and development (ARD) stakeholders in promoting low-external-input and environmentally sound agricultural technologies and participatory development approaches with rural communities.

Proli-FaNS quarterly report May-July 2018

September 2018

The May–July 2018 progress report for Proli-FaNS - coordinated by ACDEP/Ghana - gives an overview of activities and achievements of the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya; of the subregional coordinators for West & Central Africa and for Eastern & Southern Africa; and of the International Support Team.

Exploring local innovation in animal health

In May 2018, Swiss scientists from TPA (Tropical and Public Health Institute) made a quick inventory of some local innovations in animal health treatments in Burkina Faso and Ghana with a view to studying their effectiveness in terms of health and productivity. TPA and the Prolinnova platforms in the two countries are exploring possible collaboration, focusing on anti-parasitic and anti-microbial plants.

Women in northern Ghana improve locally made soap

The documentation team of ACDEP, the host NGO of Prolinnova-Ghana, has produced a video film on how a women’s group in Yendi in northern Ghana improved its artisanal soap by using local herbs and other materials to give the soap new colours and shapes. They did this to meet the changing demands of local customers and have thus gained higher incomes that allow the women to purchase foodstuffs. The women developed this innovation in a process of farmer-led joint experimentation, working together with rural advisory agents, as part of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting Local Innovation for Food & Nutrition Security) project supported by Misereor / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid (KZE).

Link for the video:

Ghanaian women improve shea butter through PID

Prolinnova–Ghana, through the Promoting Local Innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS) project with funding from Misereor in Germany, is supporting the Asongtaaba No 1 Women’s Group in Tamoliga community in the Bongo District of Ghana to improve the quality and market for their shea butter through Participatory Innovation Development or PID.

Shea-butter extraction is one of the major income-generating activities of the women in the district. However, the poor quality of the shea butter previously produced by the group had affected the price and rate at which it was sold in the market.

But working in partnership with extension staff of NABOCADO, a local NGO, and the Department of Food and Agriculture through a PID process, the women have now increased the quality, volume and market for their shea butter, thereby improving their income status and livelihood security.

See a video film about the process here:

Prolinnova-Ghana annual report 2017

During 2017, Prolinnova–Ghana re-organised its National Steering Committee to strengthen the Country Platform’s governance and supported small-scale farmers in selected communities in participatory innovation development (PID) and local innovation processes under the three-year Proli-FaNS project. The host NGO (ACDEP) also organised learning events for farmers at community level as well as for institutional stakeholders and national platform members. The detailed achievements in the year 2017 are described in the Prolinnova-Ghana annual report.

Prolinnova-Ghana annual report 2016

In 2016, Prolinnova–Ghana engaged in sharing and learning from field activities of network institutions and NGOs to promote local innovation and Participatory Innovation Development (PID), joint planning and starting up the project “Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FANS), preparing to host IPW 2017, and meetings of the National Steering Committee and Working Group on fundraising and expanding network membership. Key activities and achievements are summarised in the 2016 report.

Proli-FaNS launched in Northern Ghana

A local newspaper article on the launching of the 3-year Proli-FaNS project.

Ghanaian farmer innovation among Top 20

An innovation by the Ghanaian farmer John Akugre, who uses a locally available plant to protect stored onion seed, has been recognised by CTA as one of the Top 20 innovations that benefit smallholder farmers. See the brochure Barakuk: a natural protector for onion seed, documented by the Prolinnova–Ghana member organisation Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office.

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