Prolinnova-Ethiopia brings out new book on farmer innovation

Best Practice Association (BPA) and the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) have compiled descriptions of innovative practices developed by small-scale farmers in the book “Best practices of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia”.

The stories give recognition to and celebrate the innovative capacity of Ethiopian farmers and are meant to inspire other farmers as well as professionals in agricultural research and development. This is the second book in the series “Stories of change at the grassroots”. For more information, contact the authors Hailu Araya (hailuara@yahoo.com) and Yohannes Gebremichael (yohannesgmichael@gmail.com). 

Farmer Innovation Fair in Bolivia

The National Meeting of Farmer Innovators was held on 4 December 2015 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. A total of 45 innovations were selected. The fair was attended by 51 innovators, 38 stands from six departments: Santa Cruz, La Paz, OruroPotosi,Cochabamba and Chuquisaca.

Can grassroots innovation bring global solutions?

This was the topic of a Global Discourse in September 2015 at the Centre for Development Research (CDR) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. The discussants were Ann Waters-Bayer from Prolinnova/KIT and international consultant Lemlem Sissay Fetene, moderated by Birgit Habermann from CDR/BOKU. A summary of the discussion can be found here: www.boku.ac.at/en/centre-for-development-research/

Prolinnova at WRF Global Conference on Family Farming

During the V Global Conference “Let’s Build the Future: Family Farming” organised by the World Rural Forum (WRF) on 21–23 September 2015 in Bilbao, a roundtable on linking family-farmer organisations and research centres was held.

Four POG members attend GFAR Constituent Assembly

Four members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), each representing his/her regional constituency, took part in the Constituent Assembly of the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 24–26 August 2015: 

Farmer-led research featured at Food Security Centre in Germany

In July 2015, the study on farmer-led research made by the Prolinnova team based in the Netherlands was featured in the “FSC in Dialog” series of the Food Security Centre (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim in southern Germany.

Ann Waters-Bayer, a member of the International Support Team of Prolinnova, was invited to speak on "Attaining and sustaining food security through farmer-led research". 

Farmer innovators’ views on capacity to innovate

During the West African Farmer Innovation Fair on 15–16 May 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Jean-Marie Diop on behalf of Prolinnova interviewed farmer exhibitors to gain insight into their perspectives of what enhances and constraints local innovation. 

Newly elected Prolinnova Oversight Group members

After regular elections by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in May 2015, two new members have joined the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG).

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