Prolinnova-Uganda Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF) implementer’s guide

Prolinnova-Uganda would like to share her experience of piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs). The guide has been drawn from experience of four years (2007-11) of piloting and has been compiled to inform and guide institutions and organisations that would want to support innovation processes with such a funding mechanism.

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Re-imagining Agricultural Research in Development at WorldFish

On 29–31 January 2013, the CGIAR Research Programme on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) held a dialogue on “Re-imagining Agricultural Research in Development”. It invited about 45 researchers, practitioners and policymakers in agricultural research and development (ARD) for the 3-day dialogue at the WorldFish centre in Penang, Malaysia. Ann Waters-Bayer, ETC Foundation, a member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, took part on behalf of the Prolinnova network.

Strategy for upscaling Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) in Ghana and Ethiopia

Under the transition phase of FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources), multistakeholder Country Platforms that have been piloting LISFs have analysed their experiences and have developed LISF models that they consider suitable for the specific context of their respective countries. They have also developed strategies for scaling up the LISF The first reports have been finalised - watch this space for more:

LISF model and upscaling scenarios for Ghana by Franklin Avornyo (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Animal Research Institute), Zimi Alhassan (Ministry of Food and Agriculture) and Joseph Nchor (Association of Church-based Development Projects) 

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Climate change, innovation and gender

Prolinnova and the CGIAR Research Program on CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) are collaborating in exploring the linkages between innovation and climate-change mitigation and adaptation through a gender lens. This work involves a workshop to be held in Cambodia in April 2013 plus follow-on collaboration to support women smallholder farmers' innovation in several countries.

International Farmer Innovation Day: Prolinnova-India

The International Farmer Innovation Day was celebrated by Prolinnova-India on 29 November 2012 at Chinoni campus of INHERE. Mr Manoj Singh Gosai, Agriculture Development Officer (ADO), Chaukhutia, Distt Almora, presided over the meeting, which was facilitated by Mr Girish Chandra Pant, INHERE. Government officials, farmers and NGO members participated in the day-long meeting to understand innovation, its need and sensitivity to recognising and promoting innovation by farmers.

The participants were introduced to the International Farmer Innovation Day and its celebration by the Country Platforms in the Prolinnova global network seeking to given recognition to the contribution of farmers to agricultural research and knowledge creation.

Report on Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania

As the second in a series of country reports presenting the findings and lessons learnt in the action research on Local Innovation Support Funds, Prolinnova-Tanzania is proud to announce its recent publication FAIR Lessons learnt on facilitating Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania. It describes and assesses the structure, functioning, process and results of LISFs in the Southern Highlands and Central Zone of Tanzania. In its concluding chapters, it points to a number of opportunities as well as potential barriers for upscaling the successfully piloted LISF approach within larger agricultural development and research programmes and organisations in the country.

First International Farmer Innovation Day celebrated!

The International Farmer Innovation Day under the auspices of the international Prolinnova network creates awareness of farmers’ own innovation efforts to adapt to a continuously changing environment and shows how research and extension staff - private and government - can interact and support this through farmer-led joint experimentation and learning, that is to say, through Participatory Innovation Development (PID).

The first International Farmer Innovation Day was celebrated on Thursday, 29 November 2012, when several Prolinnova Country Programmes organised different types of activities as appropriate in their respective countries.

Experiences with farmer-managed innovation funds in Kenya

The report Farmer Access to Innovation Resources: experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds in Kenya describes and assesses the structure, functioning, process and results of LISFs in four pilot sites in Eastern and Western Kenya. The report includes the main findings of a participatory impact assessment and draws lessons for improving and scaling up this grassroots-innovation funding mechanism in other parts of the country. This document is a product of joint learning within the Prolinnova-Kenya multi-stakeholder platform about ways of changing the balance of power in decision-making about decentralised agricultural research and development.

Prolinnova at GCARD2 in Uruguay

The approach of Prolinnova partners to agricultural research and development (ARD) and experiences in investing directly in farmer experimentation and innovation were presented at the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 29 October to 1 November 2012. GCARD2 was hosted by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and focused on ways to implement the GCARD roadmap, with emphasis on foresight, partnership and capacity building for innovation and impact on smallholder livelihoods.

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