General Information

About Farmer-led documentation

Farmer-led documentation (FLD) is an empowering process in which local communities take the lead role in the documentation process. The results are used by community members for purposes of internal learning (within the community) and exchange between communities (horizontal sharing) and communities, development agents and policymakers (vertical sharing).

There is a growing interest by development agents in FLD. However, little is known about the best designs of such documentation processes or about the available and appropriate media and their use, including but by no means confined to those making use of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Another set of important questions relate to the impacts of FLD: how FLD has led to knowledge spread, a wider development process and ultimately to livelihoods improvements.

FLD: Introduction, some examples and challenges (MS Word file; size : 152 KB. April 2008 updated version)

FLD mailing list and online forum

A mailing list cum online forum about FLD is available via Google Groups. All who are interested in exploring the opportunities of FLD, sharing examples, addressing challenges and discussing possible solutions are very welcome to join this group, including non-Prolinnova members!

You can sign up online via You can use your own email address to sign up, as long as you create an account at Google first. This will only take a minute of your time. To post a message, send an email to or use the online forum. If you have any questions, contact the list moderator Prince Deh (GINKS). Email:



There is a need for models for innovation platforms at lower levels that can bring together stakeholders and foster innovation development, promoting and outscaling farmer innovations and helping national planners to recognise the value of local-level outscaling as an important basis for upscaling through the institutions. The interest to influence policy has to be grounded in models that have been tested on a sufficiently wide scale at local levels.

PROLINNOVA is seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

Prolinnova is seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

Structure of Prolinnova

Subregional Coordinators visualise Prolinnova CoP in Africa

Video Gallery


The documentation team of ACDEP, the host NGO of Prolinnova-Ghana, has produced a video film on how a women’s group in Yendi in northern Ghana improved its artisanal soap by using local herbs and other materials to give the soap new colours and shapes. They did this to meet the changing demands of local customers and have thus gained higher incomes that allow the women to purchase foodstuffs. The women developed this innovation in a process of farmer-led joint experimentation, working together with rural advisory agents, as part of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting Local Innovation for Food & Nutrition Security) project supported by Misereor / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid (KZE).

Prolinnova Presentations and Posters

2021 PowerPoint presentation

Activité de sensibilisation et d'information sur Prolinnova et le projet Proli-GEAFaSa
Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane, Subregional Coordinator, West & Central Africa


2017 PowerPoint presentation

Institutionalisation of Participatory Approach in NRM

Advancing Participatory Technology Development: Case studies on Integration into Agricultural Research, Extension and Education

This publication includes a selection of 12 case studies on institutionalizing Participatory Technology Development (PTD) approaches in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It shows how various organizations in agricultural research, extension and education have attempted to integrate PTD into their day-to-day operations, decision-making and culture.

The case studies included in this publication were generated as part of a study conducted in 2001 and were presented at international workshop held at IIRR in the Philippines. IIRR worked in partnership with ETC Ecoculture of the Netherlands in producing this publication, with funding support from the ACP-EU Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

Prolinnova Guidelines

Over time, Prolinnova partners have developed a set of operational guidelines to respond to needs that have arisen within the international network. The initial drafts of these guidelines prepared with input from the partners were further refined and/or approved by the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG). These guidelines remain work-in-progress and are periodically revised or added to in order to meet the changing needs of an evolving network. Originally, they were meant to provide guidance on organisational/institutional issues within the network. More recently, they have been broadened to include methodological aspects. The guidelines below are categorised accordingly.

Guidelines on institutional issues within the network

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