Farmer-led documentation of local innovation in Kenya

In 2017, the Farmer-Led Innovators Association of Kenya (FALIA) worked together with the Prolinnova partner organisation A Growing Culture (AGC) to document farmer innovations in Kisumu in Western Kenya. FALIA and AGC identified 20 promising innovations addressing a range of issues from biodiversity preservation and economic empowerment to gender equality and improved food security. Their joint activity sought to:

  • Identify and document useful innovations to be included in the Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS)
  • Amplify and spread innovations through a participatory farmer-led innovation documentation framework
  • Recognise farmers for their achievements and identify opportunities for scaling out and building on local innovations.

A description of the outcomes of the documentation can be found on the AGC website: www.agrowingculture.org/project/farmer-led-innovation-documentation-kenya/

The documented innovations can be found in AGC’s Library for Food Sovereignty: www.agrowingculture.org/library/

The chair of FALIA, Joe Ouku, holds the seat for farmer organisations in the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG). The documentation of one of his innovations - locally formulated dairy goat meal - can be found here: www.agrowingculture.org/locally-formulated-dairy-goat-meal/