Proli-FaNS progress report Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

The second year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) is well underway. The quarterly report for the period November 2017 to January 2018 gives a concise overview of progress in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, particularly the innovations identified and the processes of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) that have been commenced. See the report: Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS).

Prolinnova-Ghana annual report 2017

During 2017, Prolinnova–Ghana re-organised its National Steering Committee to strengthen the Country Platform’s governance and supported small-scale farmers in selected communities in participatory innovation development (PID) and local innovation processes under the three-year Proli-FaNS project. The host NGO (ACDEP) also organised learning events for farmers at community level as well as for institutional stakeholders and national platform members. The detailed achievements in the year 2017 are described in the Prolinnova-Ghana annual report.

Prolinnova–Peru welcomed as Country Platform

In February 2018, the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) welcomed Prolinnova–Peru as a Country Platform (CP) within the international community of practice.

Prolinnova activities began in Peru already in 2005, when 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.

Cases of local innovation in Mozambique

Member organisations of Prolinnova-Mozambique contributed cases of local innovation to this catalogue that covers the period from 2008 to 2017. Most of these are cases that have been encountered during the partners' day-to-day interactions with smallholder farmers in the villages where the organisations work.

Proli-FaNS + African Regional Meeting in Kenya in May 2018

As part of the regionalisation of Prolinnova outlined in the network’s 2016–20 strategy, the focus in 2018 is on strengthening the subregional and regional networks. On 22–23 May 2018, the five Country Platforms (CPs) involved in the Proli-FaNS project will hold their annual sharing-and-learning meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme for these two days is being drawn up by Joe Nchor, Proli-FaNS coordinator based at ACDEP in northern Ghana. A third day (24 May) will be devoted to sharing about experiences with regionalisation of the network and planning how to work toward a Prolinnova–Africa network. The programme for this day is being drawn up by the two subregional coordinators: Amanuel Assefa for Eastern & Southern Africa and Georges Djohy for West & Central Africa. 

All Prolinnova CPs in Africa will be invited to Nairobi. They will need to generate own funding for travel, lodging and food. In some cases, CPs in countries neighbouring Kenya may be able to arrange less costly modes of travel to be able to take part in the African Regional Meeting.

Exchange visit to Mali between FaReNe project partners

For better sharing of experiences about farmer innovation, facilitating joint experimentation, setting up farmer innovator networks and managing Local Innovation Support Funds, an exchange visit between Burkina Faso and Mali was held on 6–8 October 2017 in the villages of Zeimbougou Mangoni, Nampasso, Kanouala, Nabougou and Nayo (Mali). The delegation from Burkina was made up of 10 persons: farmer innovators, women food processors and staff from Diobass, World Neighbors and Réseau MARP. The report below is in French.

Visite d’échange au Mali entre partenaires du projet FaReNe

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/

University staff in Nepal learn about farmer-led joint research

Staff members of the Institute of Science and Technology (IOST) at Tribhuvan University and affiliated campuses joined a training programme on local innovation and farmer-led joint research, thanks to funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic (Dutch organisation for internationalisation of higher education).

The training began with a 6-day residential workshop in March 2017 conducted in Nagarkot by Chesha Wettasinha of the Prolinnova International Secretariat at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and Basanta Rana Bhat of Ecoscentre in Nepal, with support from Dharma Dangol (IOST) and Suman Manandhar (UNDP) as resource persons. The training included visits to three peri-urban farmer innovators near Kathmandu involved in rooftop gardening, mushroom growing and nursery management. The trainees were highly impressed by the creativity of the farmer innovators.

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