Prolinnova-Ethiopia, coordinated by PANE (Poverty Action Network Ethiopia), hosted the International Partners Workshop (IPW) on 27-30 April 2015 in Axum, Ethiopia. This was a return visit to Ethiopia, where the first IPW took place in March 2004 in Yirgalem.
The Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda held a two-day regional meeting for coordination of and co-learning from the CLIC–SR (Combining Local innovation Capacities with Scientific Research) project funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, USA. The main topics covered were:
In April 2015, Prolinnova–Ethiopia (PE) held a national workshop in Addis Ababa to share the results of the CLIC–SR project with relevant organisations that could have the capacity and interest to take some of the ideas forward. Presentations by farmer innovators from the two CLIC-SR project areas played a great role in influencing other participants who were not used to seeing farmers speaking in such a high-level meeting.
Within the framework of the project “Strengthening Community Resilience to Change: Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research” (CLIC–SR) funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Prolinnova–Ethiopia (PE) has published a policy brief entitled “Creating a space for local innovation in agriculture”.
Participants in the May 2015 workshop on farmer-led research agreed on recommendations for decision- and policymakers in agricultural research and development.
Prolinnova was invited to share its experiences at the 22nd European Seminar on Extension and Education which took place from 28 April to 1 May 2015 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
The West African workshop on approaches to farmer-led research (12-14 May) and the West African Farmer Innovation Fair (15-16 May) took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The first output of the collaboration between Prolinnova and the CGIAR Research Programs on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been published:
In early December 2014, the CGIAR research program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) convened researchers and development partners for a 3-day dialogue in Rome to explore how the impact of AAS research could be scaled out horizontally and scaled up through institutions and policies. Prolinnova experiences were well mirrored through participation in the dialogue by the former co-chair of the Prolinnova Oversight Group, Susan Kaaria, and by a member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, Ann Waters-Bayer.
Prolinnova is collaborating with the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) and Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS) in seeking to understand how farmer-led research approaches improve smallholder farmers' livelihoods and local capacity to innovate.