The 12th European IFSA (International Farming Systems Association) Symposium was hosted by the Harper Adams University in Newport, UK, on 12-15 July 2016 on the theme “Social and technological transformation of farming systems: diverging and converging pathways”.
Prolinnova-Philippines is a relatively "young" Country Platform which does not have any dedicated Prolinnova funding but is nevertheless active in promoting local innovation. Its report on activities in 2015 can be found here (PDF file; 337 KB).
In 2015–16, a small team from the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), Country Platforms (CPs) and the International Support Team (IST) facilitated discussion within the network on the future direction and activities of Prolinnova (Promoting Local Innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management). On the basis of these discussions, it drafted the Prolinnova strategy for 2016–20:
Full document in English (22 pages)
Main points in English (2 pages)
Photo: Taylor Barry
The 2016 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW) was hosted by Prolinnova/PROFEIS–Senegal, coordinated by Agrecol-Afrique, in the week of 16–20 May 2016 in Thiès, Senegal. For the workshop programme and list of participants, click here.
Over a decade of experience of promoting farmer-led innovation through the Prolinnova network was showcased at the third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) on 6–8 April 2016 in Johannesburg. The event was organised by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and hosted by the South African Government and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa.
The report "Ten years of promoting farmer-led innovation: taking stock of achievements of the Prolinnova Global Partnership Programme and network" provides a synthesis of all findings and information generated through a “stocktaking” process that involved a desk study of Prolinnova documents and evaluation reports, a questionnaire to 40 staff members of international organizations in agricultural research and development (ARD), self-assessment by the Country Platforms (CPs) and backstopping visits to five CPs.
The Natural History Museum of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu has accepted the task of hosting the Prolinnova network in Nepal. Since the network started in 2003, it has been capably hosted by LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives in Biodiversity, Research and Development) based in Pokhara.
In February 2016, Ms Assétou Kanouté, the national coordinator of the activities of PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) in Mali, was named Special Advisor to Ms Assétou Migan, the Malian Minister for Scientific Research. This provides an excellent opportunity to integrate the concepts and approaches of promoting farmer innovation and farmer-led research and development into the agricultural research system in Mali.
The strong flows of migrants into Europe have raised awareness of the need to promote economic opportunities and development in the Global South in order to address the root causes of displacement and migration. For its 2015 Annual Conference, the Malta National Contact Point of the European Migration Network invited a presentation of Prolinnova’s work with small-scale farmer innovators.