Small-scale farmer innovation: a dossier

Misereor (Germany), Prolinnova and McKnight Foundation collaborated with the German development magazine WeltSichten in producing a dossier in German, English and French on Small-scale farmer innovation. French version: Innovation paysanne; German version: Bäuerliche Innovation.

The short and highly readable articles explore how agricultural research can be carried out so that it supports small-scale farmers effectively and enhances their capacity to innovate. The articles present different approaches to supporting farmer-led research, ranging from partnerships between small-scale farmer organisations and research institutions; to alliances of farmer groups, NGOs and researchers; to constellations in which farmer organisations directly contract researchers. All authors share a joint vision of agricultural research embedded in society, working with and through small-scale farmers who thus contribute to improving agriculture and alleviating poverty in a sustainable way.

The dossier includes two articles about Prolinnova’s work: “Multi-stakeholder partnerships to promote farmer-led innovation” with an example from Prolinnova–Kenya, and “42 is not the answer: changing policy and practice in agricultural research”.