ABOUT THE PERU COUNTRY PLATFORM

In 2005, the regional network Prolinnova–Andes (composed of partners in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) was created to promote local innovation processes and to learn from each other about farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID). Since then, some activities at regional and national level activities were carried out, including two regional workshops in 2005 and 2008 and an International Seminar on Participatory Methodological Processes in Peru in 2008. The activities in Peru were coordinated by the RAAA (Red de Acción en Agricultura Alternativa / Network for Action in Alternative Agriculture) based in Lima. However, the regional collaboration then went dormant for a few years.

In 2017, the NGO World Neighbors invited people from farmer organisations, Peruvian NGOs, academia and government agencies to two workshops to discuss re-activating collaboration within Peru in the form of an independent Prolinnova Country Platform (CP). The workshop participants set up a Working Group and a National Steering Committee, agreed on common aims and joint activities, and applied to the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) to be recognised as a CP. In February 2018, the POG officially welcomed Prolinnova–Peru to the international community of practice.

Prolinnova–Peru seeks to learn more about how indigenous communities use their knowledge to find solutions to improve their food security and livelihoods through agriculture and natural resource management, and how international and local NGOs, academia, government agencies and the private sector can support indigenous communities in addressing these issues. We will engage in action research with indigenous peoples around local knowledge and innovation and help policymakers incorporate this approach into national policies. 

Current partners in Prolinnova–Peru are Los Chakas Savings & Credit Cooperative, Villa Hermosa Farmers Association, Centre for Agricultural Development (CEDAP), National University of San Cristobel de Huamanga, Asociación Bartolomé Aripailla (ABA), Lamlama Farmers Association, Solid Perú and World Neighbors , which is the host organisation for the CP. The group is open to further partners with similar interests and aims.