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.

Prolinnova and CCAFS linking knowledge to action

The Prolinnova international network, hosted by ETC Foundation, has entered into a partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to explore approaches that enhance knowledge-to-action linkages among actors in agricultural innovation systems. The initiative, in collaboration with scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on behalf of CCAFS, commenced in October 2012 with a 3-month inception period to plan collaboration in 2013-15.

Rockefeller Foundation supports new initiative in eastern Africa: CLIC-SR

Drawing on its experiences of promoting farmer-led joint innovation, the international Prolinnova network is applying this approach in building local adaptive capacities and strengthening community resilience to change, including climate change (CC). Rockefeller Foundation has approved a proposal by the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for a 3-year project that aims to:
 

TVEAP’s tribute to Yang Saing Koma – Country Coordinator, PROLINNOVA Cambodia

As you may remember, TVEAP did several interviews with several Prolinnova members whilst shooting footage for the video which was finalised and launched at the IPW in March 2011. According to Manori Wijesekera, TVEAP’s roving director, one of the most inspiring interviews was the one with Yang Saing Koma – Country Programme Coordinator of Prolinnova Cambodia. When Koma was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in June this year, TVEAP paid a tribute to him on their website: http://www.tveap.org/?q=node/618

Yang Saing Koma, Prolinnova–Cambodia Country Coordinator, receives Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012!!!

We, as the growing family of Prolinnova in 20 countries, join hands to offer hearty congratulations to Yang Saing Koma of Cambodia on receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsayay Award for 2012. Congratulations are also extended to the team at CEDAC Cambodia, who are committed to serving the smallholder farming communities of their country.

Koma, as he is known to many of us, is the Country Programme Coordinator and visionary leader of Prolinnova-Cambodia. He has been recognised for his untiring efforts and inspiring leadership, and – as aptly summarised by the Award Foundation – for “his creative fusion of practical science and collective will that has inspired and enabled vast numbers of farmers in Cambodia to become more empowered and productive contributors to their country’s economic growth.”

New booklet of farmer-led documentation published !

Farmer-led documentation: learning from Prolinnova experiences is the fourth in a series of booklets that collects experiences of Prolinnova partners from diverse countries in promoting participatory agricultural research and development in ways that enhance local innovation capacities. It captures the experiences of network partners in giving farmers a key role in documenting their own experiences and innovations. It starts with a short introduction to farmer-led documentation (FLD) and summarises how the approach has been developed within the network thus far. More details on hands-on implementation of FLD are described in the five cases based on pilot activities undertaken in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, South Africa and Sudan. The booklet concludes with some key lessons drawn from these experiences and highlights some points for consideration in pursuing the FLD approach.

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