Farmer innovators inspire their peers in the Philippines

Prolinnova-Philippines, led by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), celebrated the 2016 International Farmer Innovation Day by bringing farmers from Guinayangan, Quezon, to farmer innovators across Region 4. Through a roving workshop, farmers were able to visit and learn from their peers.  
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Prolinnova-Nepal at APAARI consultation on agri-food innovation

An expert consultation on agri-food innovation in Asia and the Pacific was held on 1-3 November 2016 in Taiwan, jointly organised by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI) with other international organisations. The meeting emphasised the need to involve farming communities in innovation processes with scientists. Suman Manandhar was invited to present lessons from Prolinnova-Nepal's experiences in facilitating multistakeholder partnerships to support farmer innovation in agriculture and food. A short report on the event can be found here:

New Prolinnova initiative in Africa to enhance food & nutrition security

On 14–18 November 2016, the Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (Proli–FaNS) project was launched with a meeting of all partners in Accra, Ghana. Proli-FaNS is a 3-year project supported by Misereor / Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. (Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid) (KZE, Germany) through a grant of the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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.

POG member at HLPE colloquium on food security & nutrition

In late September, the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) member Esther Penunia, from the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) attended a colloquium in Germany on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

It was organised by the High-Level Panel of Experts (HPLE) on Food Security and Nutrition of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Research Centre for Global Food Security and Ecosystems at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart).

Farmer-scientist CLIC–SR project completed!

The project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR), supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, was completed on 31 August 2016. During the four years since 2012, the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda made large strides in:

Nepali innovator awarded international prize for women’s creativity

The International Day of Rural Women was celebrated in Nepal on 15 October 2016 with a ceremony to award a Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life to Mrs Tulsi Gyawali for her innovation in waste management.

TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP IN PARTICIPATORY INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT

Cases of joint experimentation - Outcomes and lessons learnt 
August 2015 to July 2016

A training programme, conducted in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), funded by Nuffic involved two workshops and a period of practical application of the principles covered in the workshops. The final report documents the cases of joint experimentation undertaken by participating organisations. The training programme was requested by Mahlathini Development Foundation and was supported by the Institute of Natural Resources (INR).

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A Growing Culture & Prolinnova showcase local innovations

The Prolinnova network has entered into a partnership with A Growing Culture (AGC) to develop a knowledge base for showcasing and making accessible local innovations and farmer-led documentation.

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