About the Sudan Country Platform

The Prolinnova initiative in Sudan aims at building/strengthening partnerships between the different stakeholders involved in agriculture, natural resource management, agricultural research and development in the country. The preparatory work started in 2004 by contacting the concerned government institutions, namely the Technology Transfer and Extension Administration (TTEA) and the Agricultural Research and Technology Corporation (ARC). The Prolinnova-Sudan Country Platform was approved by the Prolinnova Oversight Group in 2004 and commenced activities in January 2005.

Practical Action (formerly ITDG) Sudan Office was the coordinating NGO for the phase from 2004 to 2010. 

In 2010, SOS Sahel Sudan was selected by the partners as coordinating body. This NGO has operated in Sudan since 1985 and has an accumulated wealth of experience and engagement with communities that it inherited from SOS Sahel International UK. It is the legitimate daughter of the transformation of SOS Sahel International UK into a national NGO and became independent in 2010. SOS Sahel Sudan is a legal entity governed by a 45-strong Sudanese General Assembly, 13 of whom form the Executive Committee, chaired by Mr Hashim Mohamed Elhasan, specialist in pastoralism and natural-resource-based conflict. Its Executive Director is Mr Salih Abdel-Majid Eldouma, a senior development practitioner with over 19 years' experience in operating programmes across Sudan (with SOS Sahel, Oxfam America and Oxfam GB).

SOS Sahel agreed to review and update the Prolinnova-Sudan National Steering Committee (NSC) to lead the overall strategic direction of the network, which now includes the following institutions.

  1. Agricultural Research and Technology Corporation (ARC)
  2. Technology Transfer and Extension Administration (TTEA)
  3. Sudanese Environment Conservation Society (SECS), a local NGO
  4. Sudanese Organic Agriculture, a local NGO
  5. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  6. National Centre of Research
  7. Farmers Union
  8. Pastoralists Union
  9. International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
  10. SOS Sahel Sudan

Activities and achievements thus far:

  • Introductory workshops: 6 workshops were held to introduce the initiative to the stakeholders in different regions in Sudan during the period 2005-07.
  • Regional workshops: 3 regional workshops were held in the eastern, central-west and western regions.
  • Country inventory of innovative ideas: a collection of 10 innovations was published in a book Promoting Local Innovation in Sudan.
  • Formation of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) teams.
  • A PID review and assessment workshop was organised in Wad Madani (central Sudan) in collaboration with El Gazera University. The workshop was attended by participants from 7 states in North Sudan. A total of 15 researchers and academicians took part. They came from four universities, five research stations and the headquarters of the ARTC. Most of the participants attended one of the three PID training workshops held in 2006-07.
  • Experimentation to validate innovative ideas.
  • Documentation of the innovative ideas.
  • Farmer-to-farmer fora: 2 fora were held in Dongola (North Sudan) and El Obied (Central Sudan), the latter funded by IFAD.
  • Written materials (posters and brochures) were prepared in a way to draw public attention to the importance of local innovation, its relevance for pro-poor growth and its contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Choices for 2012:

  • Building the capacity of the local partners to identify and document innovations and innovators
  • Supporting farmers' research and farmer-led documentation
  • Continue supporting PID training of key partners
  • Integrating gender issues practically
  • Continue getting stakeholders together (farmers to farmers, farmers to extensionists and researchers)
  • Scaling up and mainstreaming activities with ongoing projects
  • Addressing climate change as a crosscutting issue, building on already existing PID initiatives that have climate-change aspects.