Prolinnova–Philippines update 2015

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).

Prolinnova strategy 2016–20

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)

2016 International Partners Workshop in Senegal 16-20 May

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.

Stocktaking of Prolinnova presented at GCARD3

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.

Taking stock of ten years promoting farmer-led innovation

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.

New host for the Prolinnova-Nepal network

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.

PROFEIS Mali coordinator named Special Advisor to the Government

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.

Prolinnova presented at migration conference in Malta

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.

Prolinnova partnership with Access Agriculture

The Prolinnova network recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Access Agriculture, an international non-governmental organisation registered in Kenya with a global mandate to promote the sharing of videos in support of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries.

Prolinnova and Access Agriculture will collaborate in promoting the production, translation, distribution and use of high-quality farmer training videos in local languages. Prolinnova members will be able to upload their videos on farmer innovation and farmer-led research on the Agtube web platform (www.agtube.org).

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