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Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) is a three-year project (1 August 2016 to 31 July 2019) being implemented in five African countries in the international Prolinnova network – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya – with funding from Misereor/Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. (Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid – KZE, Germany) through a grant from the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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:

Proli-FaNS progress report Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

The second year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) is well underway. The quarterly report for the period November 2017 to January 2018 gives a concise overview of progress in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, particularly the innovations identified and the processes of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) that have been commenced. See the report: Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS)

Proli-FaNS progress report Feb-July 2017

Promoting Local Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS):


A Proli-FaNS partners meeting was held on 19 May 2017 – immediately after the end of the International Partners Workshop (IPW) – at the International Conference Centre of the University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana. It brought together the ACDEP team, the Proli-FaNS Country Platform coordinators, some members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and the International Support Team (IST) and the newly appointed subregional coordinator to review progress and discuss Proli-FaNS management and implementation as well as subregional coordination issues. The report compiled by Michael Pervarah and Joe Nchor can be found here:

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On 4 May 2017, Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) organised a national network meeting to launch the Proli-FaNS project. It was held at the Agricultural Information and Resource Center in Nairobi and was attended by representatives from NGOs, farmer groups, community-based organisations and government departments. The main aim was to share with PK partners the progress of PK activities and to introduce the Proli-FaNS project, which seeks to support rural communities to strengthen their inherent innovative capacities to improve food and nutrition security and nutritional diversity. The workshop also gave insight into the existing and new management structures of Prolinnova at national, regional and international level. The report can be found here: PDF file; 2.6 MB

Proli-FaNS launched in Bongo District of Upper East Region of Ghana

The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO), in collaboration with the Association of Church-based Development projects (ACDEP), has launched a three-year project in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region to promote local innovation for food and nutrition security (Proli-FaNS) under the umbrella of the international Prolinnova network.

The project will focus on developing the effective and innovative capacities of smallholder farmers in rural communities to improve food security and nutrition, as well as nutritional diversity.

Speaking at the project launch in Bongo-Soe, NABOCADO Human Development Coordinator, Joseph Ayembilla, explained that the project is aimed at strengthening the innovation capacity of farmers in rural communities, particularly women, to sustain their farm and livestock productivity and to increase local resilience to climate change.

Proli-FaNS launched in Northern Ghana

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

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