Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research

About Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research: strengthening resilience to change (CLIC-SR)

Drawing on its experiences in promoting farmer-led joint innovation that builds on the creativity of local people, the international Prolinnova network applied this approach in building local adaptive capacities and strengthening community resilience to various types of change, including climate change (CC). This 4-year project (2012–16) aimed to:

·     Strengthen the resilience to change of smallholders and their communities, especially women, by enhancing their innovative capacity and thus their livelihood security through Participatory Innovation Development (PID)

·     Build the capacity of local organisations working in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM) to support smallholder communities in their efforts to adapt

Farmer-scientist CLIC–SR project completed!

The project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR), supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, was completed on 31 August 2016. During the four years since 2012, the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda made large strides in:

CLIC-SR completion workshop in Ethiopia

After having completed the CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research) project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Prolinnova–Ethiopia organised a national stakeholders meeting. The objectives were to present and discuss the outcomes of the project, to assess the contribution of small-scale farmer innovation to agricultural research and development in Ethiopia, and to define the way forward for the Prolinnova–Ethiopia network.

A report on the workshop can be found here.

Prolinnova–Kenya CLIC–SR report Jan–May 2016

The Prolinnova-Kenya report on CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovation Capacity with Scientific Research – Strengthening Community Resilience to Change) outlines the objectives and achievements within the budget-neutral extension period of this project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

National dialogue in Ethiopia on mainstreaming PID into policy & practice

In April 2015, Prolinnova–Ethiopia (PE) held a national workshop in Addis Ababa to share the results of the CLIC–SR project with relevant organisations that could have the capacity and interest to take some of the ideas forward. Presentations by farmer innovators from the two CLIC-SR project areas played a great role in influencing other participants who were not used to seeing farmers speaking in such a high-level meeting.

CLIC–SR 2015 coordination & co-learning meeting

The Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda held a two-day regional meeting for coordination of and co-learning from the CLIC–SR (Combining Local innovation Capacities with Scientific Research) project funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, USA. The main topics covered were:

1)     Studies on local innovation as a response to change perceived by farming communities

2)     Documentation and publication of farmer innovation cases

3)     Experiences in farmer-led joint experimentation

4)     Experiences with Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs)

Prolinnova–Ethiopia policy brief on local innovation in agriculture

Within the framework of the project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR) funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Prolinnova–Ethiopia (PE) has published a policy brief entitled “Creating a space for local innovation in agriculture”.

 

Farmer–scientist interface at CLIC-SR site in Axum, Tigray

In this report, the Prolinnova-Ethiopia coordinator describes a visit to the CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research) project partners in the Axum area in September 2014, including a workshop to review the progress of farmer-led joint experimentation. He brings interviews of farmers and scientists involved in research and innovation related to pollination by bees, field drainage and women’s involvement in on-farm trials.

Field visit to CLIC-SR site in Amhara Region

The new coordinator of the Prolinnova Country Platform in Ethiopia, Gebeyehu Woldemichael, visited Enebse Sar Medir in Amhara Region, one of the sites where the Prolinnova activities to strengthen community resilience to change are being carried out as part of the CLIC-SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacities with Scientific Research) project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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