Anglophone Proli-FaNS training in PID in Nairobi

The Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS) project funded by Misereor under the German Government’s “One World No Hunger” initiative is being implemented in five African countries in the Prolinnova network. Three of them – Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya – are anglophone and two of them – Burkina Faso and Cameroon – are francophone. A training workshop in promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development for anglophone participants took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 13-16 February 2017. Two participants each from Ethiopia and Ghana and four participants from Kenya, including two farmer innovators from the two project sites in Kenya, attended the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Makonge Righa from Prolinnova-Kenya and Chesha Wettasinha from the Prolinnova International Secretariat. Special attention was given to women as innovators and supporting their innovations related to food and nutrition security, as this is a key objective of the Proli-FaNS project. The report is in English with a one-page summary in French.

Profeis-Mali funded by Misereor for 4th 3-year phase

The Country Platform of Profeis-Mali has been funded by Misereor to implement a fourth 3-year phase starting 1 March 2017. The key objectives of this fourth phase are (a) to spread farmer innovations, (b) to institutionalise the Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approach, and (c) to optimise farmer innovations through PID.

Le programme Profeis-Mali vient d’obtenir de Misereor un financement pour une quatrième phase de trois années d’activités qui ont débuté le 1er mars 2017. La quatrième phase du programme Profeis-Mali repose essentiellement sur trois objectifs clés, à savoir : (a) la diffusion d’innovations paysannes pertinentes; (b) l’institutionnalisation de l’approche Développement Participatif de l'Innovation (DPI); et (c) l’optimisation des innovations paysannes.


Proli-FaNS launched in Bongo District of Upper East Region of Ghana

The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO), in collaboration with the Association of Church-based Development projects (ACDEP), has launched a three-year project in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region to promote local innovation for food and nutrition security (Proli-FaNS) under the umbrella of the international Prolinnova network.

The project will focus on developing the effective and innovative capacities of smallholder farmers in rural communities to improve food security and nutrition, as well as nutritional diversity.

Speaking at the project launch in Bongo-Soe, NABOCADO Human Development Coordinator, Joseph Ayembilla, explained that the project is aimed at strengthening the innovation capacity of farmers in rural communities, particularly women, to sustain their farm and livestock productivity and to increase local resilience to climate change.

Prolinnova contributes to QUNO’s global consultation on role of public sector in supporting small-scale farmers & agrobiodiversity

The Quakers United Nations Office (QUNO) invited Prolinnova to participate in a global consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biological diversity. This is the first in a series called “Dialogue to Action “ (DtA) that QUNO is organising with the goals of: a) Raising awareness amongst national and international policymakers that small-scale farmers and the agricultural biodiversity they develop and maintain are a foundational component of resilient, sustainable food systems both locally and globally, and, b) Creating tools and other inputs to support intergovernmental institutions and national policymakers to assist them in developing and advancing policies in support of small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity.

Atelier Développement Participatif de l’Innovation (DPI) / PID training workshop in Burkina Faso

A subregional training was held for francophone partners in the Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (Proli–FaNS) project. This project, funded by Misereor/KZE (Germany), is being implemented by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. It aims to develop the innovative capacities of rural communities, particularly women, to improve food security, nutritional security and nutritional diversity so as to enhance their resilience to change.

Some guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair. These guidelines reflect the network’s experiences in organising and hosting such fairs, with a focus on the experiences gained from the West African Farmer Innovation Fair held in Ouagadougou in May 2015, hosted by INADES-Formation Burkina and the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) multistakeholder platform in Burkina Faso:

Some guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

Proli-FaNS webpage launched on this website

Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FANS) is a 3-year project being implemented by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya with funding from Misereor/Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid through a grant from the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Government. The Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP), host of Prolinnova-Ghana, coordinates Proli-FaNS on behalf of the Prolinnova network. The aims are to strengthen the innovation capacity of rural communities, particularly women, and increase local resilience to change, as well as to contribute to building multi-CP subregional platforms in West & Central Africa and in Eastern & Southern Africa for mutual learning and enagagement in policy dialogue. ACDEP has launched the new webpage "Food and Nutrition Security Proli-FaNS" on this website: http://www.prolinnova.net/fns

Some activities of Prolinnova–Mozambique in 2015

The Country Platform in Mozambique has been facilitating farmer-to-farmer sharing about local innovations with the support of the Catalonian NGO CIC-batá in Spain. Some of these activities in 2015 are described in this brief annual report in Portuguese and English.

Prolinnova featured in Palawija Forum, CAPSA-UNESCAP

Prolinnova contributed a feature article on small-scale farmer innovation for sustainable agriculture to the December 2016 edition of Palawija 

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