Country Platforms

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. Some activities of Prolinnova–Nepal since it was set up in 2004 have been: reviewing previous studies and documents on local innovation, developing …

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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 of …

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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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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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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 Philippines Country Platform

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 …

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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 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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Final report on pilot Ethnovet Project in Ghana (2019–23)

The Misereor-funded pilot project “Promoting Ethnoveterinary Medicine for Sustainable Animal Husbandry Practices in Northern Ghana” (Ethnovet Project) started in October 2019 and continued until May 2023. It sought to improve the health and productivity of livestock kept by male and female small-scale farmers through increased recognition and use of ethnoveterinary medicine (EVM) as a complementary …

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Ghanaian farmer innovators awarded at National Farmers Day celebrations

At the National Farmers’ Day on 1 December 2023 celebrated throughout Ghana, 12 farmer innovators (11 women, 1 man) working with Prolinnova-Ghana had an opportunity to exhibit their innovations, discuss with local policymakers and receive awards from them. Samuel Atia, the Prolinnova-Ghana coordinator, and Joe Nchor, the coordinator of the Misereor-funded project “Expanding the Promotion …

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Local innovations in West Africa published in Appropriate Technology magazine

The international magazine Appropriate Technology (www.appropriate-technology.com) has published two articles about Prolinnova activities in promoting local innovation processes in West Africa: Competition for farmer innovators in managing water in Burkina Faso, by Hamadé Sigué, Augustin Ouédraogo, Kouété Paul Jimmy & Ann Waters-Bayer, in Appropriate Technology 50 (4): 50–52, including a box “Woman farmer’s innovation: growing …

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Prolinnova participation in network on grassroots technological innovation for agroecology

The 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation is supporting the creation of a new network on grassroots technological innovation for agroecology. On behalf of the international Prolinnova network, Makonge Righa from World Neighbors, the host NGO of Prolinnova-Kenya, is involved in creating this new network and is bringing in the concept and experiences …

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Call for posters for Prolinnova conference on participatory innovation – deadline 16 Feb 2024 !

With funding from the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation, Prolinnova–Kenya will host an International Farmer Innovation Fair and Conference (IFIF&C) on 8–10 April 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya. Farmer innovators from 11 of Prolinnova’s multistakeholder Country Platforms (CPs) in Africa will showcase their innovations in person. A 2-hour virtual session on 9 April …

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International Farmer Innovation Fair & Conference, 8–10 April 2024, Nairobi, Kenya

With funding from the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation, Prolinnova–Kenya will host an International Farmer Innovation Fair and Conference (IFIF&C) on 8–10 April 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya. Farmer innovators from 11 of Prolinnova’s multistakeholder Country Platforms (CPs) in Africa will showcase their innovations in person. A 2-hour virtual session on 9 April …

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Prolinnova–Kenya at UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai

With the facilitation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Vincent Mariadho – Prolinnova–Kenya Coordinator – participated in the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Expo City 2020, Dubai, on 30 November to 5 December 2023. The event is an annual global summit convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) …

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Prolinnova–Kenya at UNDP AFCIA 2023 workshop in Philippines

On 17–19 October 2023, Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) took part in an Adaptation Fund Climate Innovations Accelerator (AFCIA) workshop hosted in Manila, Philippines, by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Two representatives from each of the 44 grantees in Cohorts 1 and 2 funded by AFCIA attended the workshop. Vincent Mariadho, PK Coordinator, and Lucious Achacha, World …

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Jony Jos, India: farmer in Prolinnova Oversight Group / paysan au sein du Groupe de Supervision Prolinnova

Jony Jos, India: farmer in Prolinnova Oversight Group The Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) would like to announce that Jony Jos, a small-scale farmer from Tripunithura in Kerala State, India, has taken on the role of representing farmer organisations (FOs) in the POG starting from 1 December 2023. He is successor to Elizabeth Mpofu, founder and former …

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Prolinnova in grassroots convening on technological innovation

Prolinnova participated in an international convening on grassroots technological innovations for agroecology in Italy on 18–21 October 2023, organised by Farm Hack, Schola Campesina and Cooperative for ecological local agriculture (CAPE) with support from the 11th Hour Project. The convention was held in Gallese, 60 km from Rome, and was attended by representatives from non-governmental …

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