Country Platforms

About the Prolinnova-Ghana platform

  Development organisations and researchers working in rural communities have often failed to base their intervention technologies and approaches on small-scale farmers’ innovative capacities and active participation in the context of local production systems on which they have depended for decades for their livelihoods. Introduced technologies have often failed because they depend on high levels …

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About the Kenya Country Platform

Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) is a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government research and extension organisations, farmer organisations, universities and community-based organisations (CBOs). It came together to provide a multistakeholder platform (MSP) to learn about promoting farmer-led innovation processes. This was initiated in 2007 with the goals to recognise the dynamics of indigenous knowledge and to enhance …

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About the Senegal Country Platform

The entry themes of Prolinnova-Senegal (formerly called PROFEIS – Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) differ according to region: (1) Kaolack and Fatick Regions: conservation and regeneration of natural resources (soil and water) in millet- and peanut-dominated farming systems; (2) Thiès and Diourbel Regions: enhancing the value of indigenous woody species in the …

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Benin Country Platform

English text below Prolinnova–Bénin a été créée en mai 2021 – une idée de longue date qui a finalement pu être réalisée grâce au projet de « Renforcement de capacités des enseignants des lycées agricoles pour soutenir l’entrepreneuriat social basé sur l’innovation locale pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle », mis en œuvre par l’Université de Parakou (UP) dans …

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About the Mozambique Country Platform

Prolinnova–Mozambique is a network that promotes local innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management in Mozambique. The network builds on and scales up farmer-based approaches to development. It strives to stimulate and enhance partnerships among the various stakeholders in research and development, mainly among farmers, extension workers and researchers. Besides the eight National …

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About the Uganda Country Platform

Prolinnova–Uganda is an NGO-led initiative to develop a national learning network for the promotion of local innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management (NRM). Prolinnova–Uganda was initiated in 2003, with the secretariat at Environmental Alert, an NGO. The programme seeks to: Set up an effective multistakeholder partnership programme in Uganda Set up lasting …

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Prolinnova-South India introduction

About Prolinnova–South India Innovations and practices developed by farmers and local communities for addressing location-specific needs, based on practical knowledge and local resources, are gaining more and more importance and significance, especially in the present agrarian crises of climate change, agricultural biodiversity erosion and food insecurity. Prolinnova–South India, a multistakeholder platform formed in 2020, intends …

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Prolinnova-Zimbabwe introduction

In November 2019, the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) approved our application to be recognised as a Country Platform (CP) in the Prolinnova Community of Practice. Our multistakeholder group includes people from the network PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management)–Zimbabwe, the NGO Cluster Agriculture Development Services (CADS), the NGO The Phiri Award (named after the renowned …

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ABOUT THE PERU COUNTRY PLATFORM

In 2005, the regional network Prolinnova–Andes (composed of partners in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) was created to promote local innovation processes and to learn from each other about farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID). Since then, some activities at regional and national level were carried out, including two regional workshops in 2005 and 2008 and an …

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Prolinnova-Timor Leste introduction

Timor Leste Country Platform as of May 2017! At its meeting in May 2017, the Prolinnova Oversight Group approved the membership of Timor Leste (East Timor) as a new Country Platform within the Prolinnova community of practice. The CP comprises NGOs, government agencies and two universities. The host organisation – RAEBIA (Resilient Agriculture and Economy …

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About the South Africa Country Platform

The Institute of Natural Resources (INR) is the facilitating NGO for Prolinnova-South Africa, which aims to build and strengthen partnerships between the various stakeholders involved in agricultural research and development in South Africa. The platform in South Africa was launched in 2004. Projects that have been undertaken by Prolinnova-South Africa have included: Farmer Access to …

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About the Cambodia Country Platform

Prolinnova-Cambodia is the national platform to promote local innovation in Cambodia and to enhance capacity of development practitioners and farmers in participatory innovation development (PID). Prolinnova-Cambodia builds day-to-day strong relationships between farmers, researchers and extensionists and empowers farmer-led experimentation in ecological agriculture and sustainable natural resource management. Prolinnova-Cambodia is composed of 21 institutions. They are …

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About the Ethiopia Country Platform

Prolinnova–Ethiopia is a national platform to create space and provide a conducive environment for recognising and enriching local innovation processes in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM). It aims to scale up and integrate Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approaches in governmental and non-governmental organisations concerned with agricultural and NRM research, extension, education and training. Its overall objective is to contribute to enhancing food security, …

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About the Prolinnova–Cameroon Country Platform

Prolinnova–Cameroon started in March 2011, when the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) approved an application from the then newly formed multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee (NSC) in the country. This Country Platform (CP) seeks to develop Cameroonian agriculture by integrating endogenous solutions into rural development policies and strategies. It is putting in place a framework for spreading …

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About the Mali Country Platform

In Mali (Ségou Region), the entry theme of the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) programme was conservation of biodiversity, which has two sub-themes: (1) Biodiversity of sorghum and millet, which focus on farmer innovation related to developing adapted varieties, combating genetic erosion, variety conservation, endogenous diffusion of knowledge and exchange between farmers; (2) Domestication …

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About the Nepal Country Platform

Prolinnova-Nepal aims at developing and institutionalising partnership and methodologies that promote processes of local innovation in environmentally sound use of natural resources. It is an initiative undertaken in partnership between several Nepal-based organisations. The Working Group, which supervises the day-to-day implementation of the activities, was coordinated for several years by LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, …

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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 …

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About the Tanzania Country Platform

Prolinnova-Tanzania started in 2005 and is currently hosted by PELUM-Tanzania. It aims to build the capacity of network members and partners in Participatory Innovation Development (PID), create a platform for documentation and communication about farmer innovation and farmer-led research, and to facilitate networking of farmer innovators and other actors in agricultural innovation. Prolinnova-Tanzania members include …

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Prolinnova-Sudan activities 2017-19

1/ Prolinnova–Sudan Country Platform (CP) meeting Prolinnova–Sudan meeting in National Centre for Research (NCR) on 27–29 Oct 2017 in Khartoum (Photo: Ahmed Salem) Key Prolinnova guidelines presented by Amanuel Assefa, ESA coordinator on 28 Oct 2017 (Photo: Ahmed Salem) This meeting succeeeded in reactivating Prolinnova–Sudan and selecting the National Steering Committee and NCR as host …

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Prolinnova-Sudan field study leads to catalogue of ITK/local innovations

Researched & written by Nageb Ibrahim Bakheit “The real classroom is outside. Get out into it!” A. Introduction: A Sudanese proverb goes “He who forgets his past is lost” (Ibn Oaf translation, 2008). Indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) might be old, but need not be outmoded. ITKs were cost-effective, locally available, and mostly organic in nature, …

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Two Prolinnova–South Africa articles in “Appropriate Technology”

In the December 2022 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine, there are two articles written by people involved in the Prolinnova network in South Africa: Using Mohlopi tree roots to make caffeine-free coffee in Limpopo Province, South Africa, by Ernest Letsoalo, Richard Chuene & Believe Hlahla (pp 18–19) Rural South African women collaborate with engineer for better …

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Prolinnova–Nepal meeting to strengthen network

At a meeting of Prolinnova–Nepal on 12 December 2022 in Lalitpur, 17 participants came together, including not only existing members of the Country Platform (CP) but also people from new organisations, as representatives of government institutions, NGOs, universities and consulting firms or as individuals. Suman Manandhar, co-chair of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), gave an overview …

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ELI-FaNS inception workshop, 20-24 Feb 2023, Accra

On 20–24 Feb 2023, the inception workshop for the Misereor-funded project “Expanding the promotion of local innovation for food security and healthy nutrition to strengthen resilience with a focus on women” (ELI-FaNS) will be held in Accra, Ghana. The Country Platforms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa (Limpopo Province) plus the subregional …

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Misereor approves ELI-FaNS project in Africa!

A new 3-year project “Expanding the promotion of local innovation for food security and healthy nutrition to strengthen resilience with a focus on women” (ELI-FaNS) has been approved by Misereor/KZE (Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid), Germany. Starting in January 2023, it involves five Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) – in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya …

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Prolinnova–Kenya joins CG event on scaling agri-food innovation

On 23 November 2022, Makonge Righa, World Neighbors (member of Prolinnova–Kenya/PK) Program Officer for Africa, and Vincent Mariadho, National Coordinator of PK, attended the CGIAR Week of Science and Practice of Scaling Agri-Food System Innovation, held on 22–24 November 2022 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi Campus. It was co-organised with the GIZ …

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2022 quarterly reports on Proli-GEAFaSa project

Rapports trimestriels sur le projet Proli-GEAFaSa 2022 Ces rapports portent sur les activités qui ont été mise en oeuvre au cours des trois premiers trimestres de l’Année 3 du projet « Promotion de l’Innovation Locale dans la Gestion de l’Eau en Agriculture Familiale au Sahel » (Proli-GEAFaSa), qui a démarré en janvier 2020 au Burkina …

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PIPA-DAC: new project started in Cameroon

Prolinnova–Cameroon has started a new project funded by Misereor, Germany: “Promoting farmer innovation and participatory approaches in development processes in agricultural value chains and adaptation to change for small-scale producers” (PIPA-DAC). The overall aim is to contribute to innovation development by small-scale farmers in the Central Region of Cameroon while improving the farmers’ access to basic …

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