farene

Strengthening Farmer-led Research Networks in the Sahel

An initiative funded by the McKnight Foundation (USA) under the umbrella of the Prolinnova community of practice seeks to strengthen and support farmer-led research networks (FaReNe) in which small-scale farmers take the lead in joint experimentation by farmers and formal researchers for agro-ecological intensification, building on local knowledge and innovation.

FaReNe objectives are:

FaReNe and the participatory approach / FaReNe et l’approche participative

The 51-page publication Le projet FaReNe et l’approche participative (in French only) is the product of a reflection on experiences made by Prolinnova partners in Burkina Faso and Mali in supporting farmer-led research networks to promote local innovation and farmer-led joint research as well as in facilitating the use of Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs). It emerged from a “writeshop” held in Bamako, Mali, in late 2018, towards the end of Phase 1 of the project “Strengthening Farmer-led Research Networks for agroecological intensification in Burkina Faso and Mali” (FaReNe).

Farmer-led Research Networks project in Phase II

English version below

Le projet de réseaux de recherche dirigé par les agriculteurs en phase II

En juin 2019, le projet de réseau de recherche dirigé par les agriculteurs (FaReNe) a entamé une deuxième phase de trois ans, avec un financement de la Fondation McKnight (États-Unis). L'objectif général est de renforcer les réseaux de recherche dirigés par les agriculteurs afin de faciliter le développement et l'évaluation des options d'intensification agroécologique.

Exchange visit to Mali between FaReNe project partners

For better sharing of experiences about farmer innovation, facilitating joint experimentation, setting up farmer innovator networks and managing Local Innovation Support Funds, an exchange visit between Burkina Faso and Mali was held on 6–8 October 2017 in the villages of Zeimbougou Mangoni, Nampasso, Kanouala, Nabougou and Nayo (Mali). The delegation from Burkina was made up of 10 persons: farmer innovators, women food processors and staff from Diobass, World Neighbors and Réseau MARP. The report below is in French.

Visite d’échange au Mali entre partenaires du projet FaReNe

FaReNe activities in Burkina in 2020 / Activités de FaReNe au Burkina en 2020

The CP in Burkina gives a 2-page English update of activities in 2020 in the project "Supporting and strengthening farmers’ research networks to improve local innovation in Burkina Faso and Mali, Phase II” (FaReNe II). The update focuses on farmer-led joint experimentation in Gomponsom (Northern Region).

Le CP au Burkina donne une mise à jour de 2 pages en anglais des activités en 2020 dans le projet "Soutenir et renforcer les réseaux de recherche des agriculteurs pour améliorer l'innovation locale au Burkina Faso et au Mali, Phase II" (FaReNe II). La mise à jour se concentre sur l'expérimentation conjointe menée par les agriculteurs à Gomponsom (Région Nord).

PID, LISF & farmer-network experiences in agroecological intensification in Mali

The Farmer-led Research Network (FaReNe) project is a joint project of Prolinnova partners in Burkina Faso and Mali with financial support from the McKnight Foundation and technical support from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), host of the Prolinnova international secretariat. It looks at how best to organise and use farmer-led innovation approaches, such as Participatory Innovation Development (PID), Local Innovation Support Facility/Fund (LISF) and farmer networking, and how these can contribute to agro-ecological intensification. ADAF-Gallè, the host organisation of the Country Platform in Mali, hosted a writeshop for partners from both countries in late 2018. The team in Mali produced the following three documents (in French) on their past three years of experiences with PID, LISFs and farmer-led research networks:

Report on first year of FaReNe II

2-page report summarises the main activities and achievements during Year 1 in the second phase of the Farmer-led Research Networks (FaReNe) project in Burkina Faso and Mali, funded by McKnight Foundation.

Farmer-led Research Networks project in Phase II

English version below

Le projet de réseaux de recherche dirigé par les agriculteurs en phase II

PID, LISF & farmer-network experiences in agroecological intensification in Mali

The Farmer-led Research Network (FaReNe) project is a joint project of Prolinnova partners in Burkina Faso and Mali with financial support from the McKnight Foundation and technical support from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), host of the Prolinnova international secretariat. It looks at how best to organise and use farmer-led innovation approaches, such as Participatory Innovation Development (PID), Local Innovation Support Facility/Fund (LISF) and farmer networking, and how these can contribute to agro-ecological intensification. ADAF-Gallè, the host organisation of the Country Platform in Mali, hosted a writeshop for partners from both countries in late 2018. The team in Mali produced the following three documents (in French) on their past three years of experiences with PID, LISFs and farmer-led research networks:

FaReNE writeshop in Mali documents 3 years of experience

The Farmer-led Research Network (FaReNe) project is a joint project of Prolinnova partners in Burkina Faso and Mali with financial support from the McKnight Foundation and technical support from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), host of the Prolinnova international secretariat. It looks at how best to organise and use farmer-led innovation approaches, such as Participatory Innovation Development (PID), Local Innovation Support Facility/Fund (LISF) and farmer networking, and how these can contribute to agro-ecological intensification. Approaching the end of the current funding cycle, key members of the partner organisations from the two countries – NGO staff, researchers and farmer organisation representatives – met for a writeshop to document their three years of experiences, share and analyse these together, and work towards well-written papers.

Syndicate content