Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research

CLIC–SR 2014 coordination & co-learning meeting


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

1) Strengthening capacities in Participatory Innovation Development (PID)

Prolinnova-Kenya CLIC-SR annual report 2013

Prolinnova-Kenya (PK) is a partner in the regional programme Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research - Enhancing Community Resilience to Change (CLIC-SR) with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Also the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda are part of this programme. PK isfocussing its CLIC-SR work in the dryland areas Machakos and Baringo. The report covers the activities carried out in Kenya from January to December 2013 - in essence, the first year of the programme, which started in late 2012.

CLIC–SR field study in Machakos, Kenya

One of the first activities of Prolinnova-Kenya in the CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research) project was to conduct a field study in Machakos Country, one of the two areas selected for this project.

Farmers’ Perceptions of Changes and their Local Innovation in Response thereto in Enebse Sar Medir, Ethiopia: Survey Report

In Enebse Sar Medir District of Amhara Region in central Ethiopia, an study was made of how smallholder farmers and their communities perceive the main changes affecting their livelihoods, including (but not only) climate change, and how they respond to these changes. The study was carried out by the Alem Berhan Self Help Community Based Development Association in Enebse Sar Medir and PANE (Poverty Action Network Ethiopia), the host of the Prolinnova-Ethiopia multistakeholder platform. It forms part of the Rockefeller Foundation-supported project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR). The survey report “Farmers’ perceptions of changes and their local innovation in response thereto in Enebse Sar Medir, Ethiopia” can be found here.

CLIC-SR Ethiopia Project Field Report of Enebse Sar Medir (ESM)

Prolinnova-Ethiopia conducted a learning workshop in Enesbe Sar Medir (ESM), Mertule-Mariam, one of the project sites where CLIC-SR project is implemented. The learning workshop involved exchanging ideas with local people on perceived changes in recent years affecting their livelihoods and local innovations in response to these changes. After conducting the learning workshop, a study team was organised and briefed to carry out the field study and come up with identified local innovations. This report gives the highlights on the overall progress of the learning workshop and the way forward.  Click here.

Community perceptions of and creative response to change in Tahtai Maichew, Ethiopia

In Tahtai Maichew District of Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia, an study was made of how smallholder farmers and their communities perceive the main changes affecting their livelihoods, including (but not only) climate change, and how they try to respond and innovatively adapt to these changes. This study formed part of the work of the Prolinnova-Ethiopia multistakeholder platform in the Axum area, carried out in the Rockefeller Foundation-supported project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR). The “Assessment report on community perceptions of and creative capacity to respond to change in Tahtai Maichew, Ethiopia” can be found here.

CLIC-SR 2013 coordination & co-learning meeting

The Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda held a one-day regional project meeting for coordination of and co-learning from CLIC–SR (Combining Local innovation Capacities with Scientific Research) funded by Rockefeller Foundation, USA. Makonge Righa (World Neighbors, Prolinnova–Kenya), Marise Espineli (International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, IIRR) and Wim Hiemstra & Ann Waters-Bayer from ETC Foundation / Prolinnova International Secretariat organised the meeting.

The four main topics covered were:

1) Field studies on local perceptions of and responses to change: methods, process experienced, challenges, opportunities identified, main lessons

2) Policy-change reviews: constraints, challenges & opportunities in influencing policy to support a farmer-led PID approach

3) Monitoring and evaluation

Influencing policy toward farmer-led innovation approaches

Within the framework of the CLIC-SR project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the four Country Platforms involved - in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - examined their past experiences in trying to influence policy to become more favourable towards farmer-led research and innovation approaches. They drew lessons which should guide them in their policy-dialogue activities in efforts to create a more enabling environment for approaches that link local and scientific knowledge and innovation and thus strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers to change - including climate change. The synthesised Working Document that came out of this review can be found here.

PID & CCA training-of trainers in Kenya

Report on workshop to build the capacity of resource persons involved in the CLIC-SR project in participatory innovation development (PID) and climate-change adaptation (CCA), 16–18 Oct 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

The Prolinnova–Kenya training workshop on PID & CCA aimed to strengthen capacity to support farmer-led joint innovation building on local creativity, in order to reinforce community resilience to change, including climate change. The CLIC-SR activities are being implemented in two counties: Baringo and Machakos. The 3-day training targeted the national project taskforce as well as community members, local government departments and CSOs in these counties. Three key points were covered: CCA, PID and Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Starting up CLIC-SR

The four Prolinnova Country Platforms in Eastern Africa that are collaborating in the regional project CLIC-SR (Combining LocalInnovative Capacity with Scientific Research: Strengthening Resilience to Change), funded by Rockefeller Foundation, are in the midst of their start-up activities. These involve field studies of local perceptions of major externally induced changes, including climate change, and documentation of local initiatives in responding to these changes. The studies are being made in two districts in each country. The country teams are also reviewing experiences in influencing policy to favour smallholder-led participatory research and development as a basis for drawing up their country-specific strategies for policy dialogue within the CLIC-SR project. Reports on achievements in each country for the first four months of the project (Sept-Dec 2012) have been made by:

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