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).

The Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP), which hosts the Prolinnova Country Platform (CP) in Ghana, is the legal holder and coordinator of the project on behalf of the Prolinnova network. The International Support Team (IST) - based in the International Secretariat currently hosted by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in the Netherlands and based in the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in the Philippines - is backstopping the project.

Proli-FaNS aims to strengthen the innovation capacity of rural communities, particularly of women, and to increase the level of local resilience to change, as well as to contribute to building functional multi-CP platforms in two subregions in Africa: (i) West & Central Africa and (ii) Eastern & Southern Africa.

The specific objectives of Proli-FaNS are:

  • Rural communities develop their innovative capacities to effectively improve food security, nutrition security and nutritional diversity.
  • Women are more widely recognised as innovators and are supported in further developing their innovations, from which they control the benefits.
  • Subregional Prolinnova platforms support national CPs to develop capacity for collective learning, mobilising resources and effective policy dialogue.

Grassroots-level activities are being implemented in eight learning sites in the five countries. The more experienced CPs in Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya are working in two learning sites each, while the "younger" CPs in Cameroon and Burkina Faso are working in one site each. In all the learning sites, the focus is innovation in production, processing, marketing and consumption of food crops and/or livestock products.

In each country, the multistakeholder project is hosted by an NGO with a part-time coordinator. A National Steering Committee (NSC) comprised of several different stakeholders provides overall guidance and oversight to contribute to the development and implementation of CP strategies and programmes and to formulate policies, strategies and plans to realise the CP’s objectives. The host NGOs and the CP coordinators in each country involved in Proli-FaNS are as follows:

 Country Platform (CP)

Host organisation of Proli-FaNS project

CP coordinators/
Contact persons


Burkina Faso

Diobass Association

Siaka Bangali

Christophe Ouattara


NGO Collective for Food Security and Rural Development (COSADER)

Jean Bosco Etoa 

Ms Christine Andela


Best Practice Association (BPA)

Beza Kifle

Amanuel Assefa


Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP)

Joe Nchor

Malex Alebikiya


World Neighbors (WN-Kenya)

Makonge Righa

Chris Macoloo

Periodic reports from the participating CPs and the project coordination can be found under Archives on this page.

The progress report for Year 1 of the Proli-FaNS project (August 2016 - July 2016) can be found here in English and in French.


Proli-FaNS guidelines

  • Guidelines for communication within the projects: During the inception workshop, the Proli-FaNS partners agreed on guidelines for communication within the project and with the wider Prolinnova network. These guidelines are intended to facilitate information flow and ensure functional reporting relationships, project coordination and transparency among project stakeholders. They outline the project’s stakeholders and target audiences and identify the communication needs and the communication channels/media to be used.
  • Guidelines for identifying local innovations for food and nutrition security
  • Guidelines for documenting local innovations for food and nutrition security