food nutri sec

Introduction

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).

Proli-FaNS in Ghana: Year 3 report (Aug 2018–Sept 2019)

Prolinnova-Ghana is proud to present its report on the third year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project. It describes the newest cases of joint experimentation on local innovations in food processing and preservation and ethnoveterinary medicine to treat African swine fever, and the recognition given by district government to women innovators. It summarises achievements in the course of the three year in terms of farmer-led research, documentation of local innovation and advocacy to mainstream the PID approach. It also includes a summary of the findings of the external evaluation of the project. The report can be found here.

Local social innovation to protect trees in northern Ghana

Within the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project, partners in Prolinnova-Ghana are identifying local innovations that improve food and nutrition security directly and indirectly. The 3-page document Social innovation for protecting trees in Kabre Community in Bongo District, Ghana” describes a local institutional innovation called the Tisenaaba or “Tree Chief” that was developed by a rural community in northern Ghana to prevent destruction of trees – especially economic trees that support the livelihoods of women and their families by providing fruits, nuts and leaves.

Improving sheabutter processing in Bongo District

Within the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project, partners in Prolinnova-Ghana are identifying local innovations that improve food and nutrition security and are facilitating processes of farmer-led joint research. The 3-page document Improving sheabutter processing and marketing to benefit rural women in the Bongo District of Ghana” presents a local innovation by Ms Nsobila Atinabono in processing sheabutter. It describes the collaboration between the Asongtaba Women’s Group, of which the innovator is a member, with the local NGO NABOCADO and the Bongo District Department of Agriculture in improving the processing and marketing of the women’s sheabutter.

12 innovations by men & women farmers in Mertulemariam, Amhara Region

During the Proli-FaNS project, partners in Mertulemariam in the Enebse Sar Mider action-learning site in Gojjam in Amhara Region of Ethiopia identified several innovations by men and women farmers that contribute to improving the food and nutrition security of their families and communities. Twelve of these innovations, referring mainly to biopesticides for crops and livestock but also including sack gardening, making gasoline from weeds, local soapmaking, ploughing with one ox, soil & water conservation, and making beetroot juice, are documented in this report.

Report on 3rd year of Proli-FaNS in Ethiopia

The narrative report on Year 3 of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project in Ethiopia covers the period from August 2018 to July 2019. It outlines achievements in strengthening the innovative capacities of rural communities, gaining more recognition of women farmers as innovators and contributing to building a subregional Prolinnova platform in Eastern & Southern Africa. A highlight was the chance for men and women farmers from Tigray and Gojjam to exhibit their innovations at a celebration of cultural biodiversity in Southern Ethiopia. The report can be found here.

Proli-FaNS progress report Jan–April 2019

The third year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project is nearing its completion, which will be end of July 2019. The progress report for the period January–April 2019 gives a concise overview of what the project has accomplished in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. This includes the field activities in supporting farmer-led research, documentation of local innovation and joint experimentation processes, and policy dialogue toward institutionalisation of Prolinnova's approach to agricultural research and development to improve food and nutrition security. See the report here.

Proli-FaNS progress report Jan–April 2019

The third year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project is nearing its completion, which will be end of July 2019. The progress report for the period January–April 2019 gives a concise overview of what the project has accomplished in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. This includes the field activities in supporting farmer-led research, documentation of local innovation and joint experimentation processes, and policy dialogue toward institutionalisation of Prolinnova's approach to agricultural research and development to improve food and nutrition security. See the report here.

Proli-FaNS activities in Ethiopia in early 2019

The report on the second quarter in the third and final year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project in Ethiopia covers farmer-led research and advocacy activities, among other things. It also explains some changes in institutional arrangements within the Prolinnova-Ethiopia network. The report can be found here.

Proli-FaNS activities in Ghana in early 2019

The report on activities of Prolinnova-Ghana in early 2019 (January–April) in the third year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project can be found here. It covers farmer-led research at the Bongo and Yendi action-learning site in northern Ghana, documentation and other activities such as farmer innovation fairs to share the results and processes of farmer-led joint experimentation, and advocacy for institutionalisation of the approach.

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