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Introduction to Proli-FaNS / SULCI-FaNS

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The “Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) project ran from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2019 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).

A three-year follow-on project called "Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security" (SULCI-FaNS) started on 1 October 2019, with funding from the same source.

PID training for SULCI-FaNS anglophone partners

A key activity in the “Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security” (SULCI-FaNS) project’s calendar for 2020 was a training in Participatory Innovation Development (PID) for partners from francophone and anglophone countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya. This project is a follow-on to the “Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) project that was implemented in the period 2016–19 in these countries.

Joint learning through documentation of farmer–scientist collaboration

An important role of the Prolinnova network is facilitation of joint learning through analysis and documentation of the experiences made, thereby identifying good practice but also recognising weaknesses and room for improvement.

Local innovations identified for food & nutrition security


Supporting local innovation is key to improving food and nutrition of small-scale farmers in Africa 

Inception workshops for two new Prolinnova projects


Participants in the SULCI-FaNS inception workshop in Centre Mampuya, Senegal (Photo: Urban Fraefel)

Two new Prolinnova projects have been approved by the German development-support organisation Misereor / KZE (Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid) - namely, SULCI-FaNs (Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya; and Proli-GEAFaSa  (Promouvoir l'innovation locale dans la Gestion de l'Eau en Agriculture Familiale au Sahel / Promoting local innovation in water management in family farming in the Sahel) in Burkina Faso and Senegal.

PID with women in Ghana to improve nutritional value of local foods

Neina Naginpoan, a female small-scale farmer in northern Ghana, did her own experimentation with a local dish “wasawasa”, traditionally made from steamed yam flour, and made it instead from maize flour and powder from the yellow pulp of the dawadawa (Parkia biglobosa) fruit. She sells the food to schoolchildren and on the local market. Neina and some neighbouring women worked together with a female nutrition expert from the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale and a female expert in Women in Agricultural Development and a male extension officer from the Yendi Municipal Department of Agriculture to experiment with different variations on her innovation. They sought to overcome difficulties of scarcity of dawadawa at certain times of the year and to improve the nutritional value of the dish. This 10-page report describes the process of participatory innovation development (PID) on the local food innovation.

PID on local biopesticide innovation / DPI sur un biopesticide innovatif au Burkina Faso

A group of women who grow and sell vegetables in northern Burkina Faso faced a problem with insect attacks. Because chemical pesticides are costly and possible dangerous, the women sought a non-chemical solution. Through their own experimentation, they developed a natural pesticide, called “goama”, using various locally available plants, which proved effective in controlling the insects. They engaged in joint experimentation so that they could be confident that goama was indeed effective, economic and healthy for themselves, their families, their customers and the environment.

Prolinnova completes Yr 3 of Proli-FaNS - and starts Yr 1 of SULCI-FaNS

The "Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security" (Proli-FaNS) project has come to an end. It was funded by Misereor/KZE (Germany) for somewhat more than three years (1 August 2016 to 30 September 2019) and was implemented by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in five African countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Kenya.

Final report on Proli-FaNS in Ethiopia 2016–19

Prolinnova–Ethiopia’s final report on the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security) project covers the period from August 2016 to July 2019. It gives an overview of the actors involved and the activities they carried out to enhance the innovative capacities of rural communities, to support particularly women innovators and to promote collective learning in the Country Platform.

Proli-FaNS in Kenya: Year 3 report

The Prolinnova–Kenya coordinator Vincent Mariadho reports on Year 3 (2018-19) of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project. He gives particular attention to the innovativeness of rural women and their active participation in agricultural shows and the International Farmer Innovation Day celebrations, as well as a workshop on gender mainstreaming in farmer-led research. Several newly identified innovations by women and men in Kisumu and Makueni are briefly described, e.g. for striga control and to improve the traditional “hot pot”. The report can be found here.

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