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Introduction to Proli-FaNS / SULCI-FaNS

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The “Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) project ran from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2019 in five African countries in the international Prolinnova network – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya – with funding from Misereor/Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. (Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid – KZE, Germany) through a grant from the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

SULCI-FaNS progress from Oct 2020 to Mar 2021

The report on progress in the Misereor-funded project “Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security” (SULCI-FaNS) in the period from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 summarises activities and outputs achieved by the four Country Platforms involved (in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya), by the Subregional Coordinators in Africa and by other International Support Team members. It brings updates about farmer-led research on local innovations as well as about outreach and policy-influencing activities, including the virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair held in February 2021. See the progress report here.

Scaling up local capacity to innovate: Year 1 report

Year 1 of the 3-year Misereor-funded project Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security (SULCI-FaNS) was completed in September 2020. Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya are engaged in strengthening the innovation capacities of small-scale farmers, particularly women and women’s groups, to improve food and nutrition security and resilience of local communities. They are also building the capacity of other stakeholders in agricultural research and development in promoting local innovation and farmer-led joint research and seeking to scale up this approach. SULCI-FaNS supports activities in the West & Central Africa and Eastern & Southern Africa subregions working toward regionalisation of the Prolinnova network in Africa. The Year 1 report describes achievements at these different levels.

Policy brief on supporting local innovation for household food & nutrition security

A 4-page policy brief on “Supporting local innovation for household food and nutrition security” draws lessons from experiences in the project "Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security" (Proli-FaNS). This project was implemented in five countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana – in the period 2016–19 and was funded by Misereor/Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid, Germany) through a grant from the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

PID training for SULCI-FaNS anglophone partners

A key activity in the “Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security” (SULCI-FaNS) project’s calendar for 2020 was a training in Participatory Innovation Development (PID) for partners from francophone and anglophone countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya. This project is a follow-on to the “Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) project that was implemented in the period 2016–19 in these countries.

Joint learning through documentation of farmer–scientist collaboration

An important role of the Prolinnova network is facilitation of joint learning through analysis and documentation of the experiences made, thereby identifying good practice but also recognising weaknesses and room for improvement.

Local innovations identified for food & nutrition security


Supporting local innovation is key to improving food and nutrition of small-scale farmers in Africa 

Inception workshops for two new Prolinnova projects


Participants in the SULCI-FaNS inception workshop in Centre Mampuya, Senegal (Photo: Urban Fraefel)

Two new Prolinnova projects have been approved by the German development-support organisation Misereor / KZE (Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid) - namely, SULCI-FaNs (Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya; and Proli-GEAFaSa  (Promouvoir l'innovation locale dans la Gestion de l'Eau en Agriculture Familiale au Sahel / Promoting local innovation in water management in family farming in the Sahel) in Burkina Faso and Senegal.

PID with women in Ghana to improve nutritional value of local foods

Neina Naginpoan, a female small-scale farmer in northern Ghana, did her own experimentation with a local dish “wasawasa”, traditionally made from steamed yam flour, and made it instead from maize flour and powder from the yellow pulp of the dawadawa (Parkia biglobosa) fruit. She sells the food to schoolchildren and on the local market. Neina and some neighbouring women worked together with a female nutrition expert from the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale and a female expert in Women in Agricultural Development and a male extension officer from the Yendi Municipal Department of Agriculture to experiment with different variations on her innovation. They sought to overcome difficulties of scarcity of dawadawa at certain times of the year and to improve the nutritional value of the dish. This 10-page report describes the process of participatory innovation development (PID) on the local food innovation.

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