Main Themes

About Gender & PID

Despite frequent gender-sensitivity training given to staff members of agricultural research and development (ARD) organisations, many of them still seem to regard agriculture – growing crops / trees and keeping livestock – as primarily the domain of men. Still today, most scientists in research stations, teachers at universities or agricultural colleges, and advisors in agricultural …

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PID in water management: introduction

Voir la traduction française ci-dessous Introduction to Phase 2 of Proli-GEAFaSa The project ”Promoting local innovation in water management in family farming in the Sahel” (Promotion de l’innovation locale dans la Gestion de l’Eau en Agriculture Familiale au Sahel, Proli-GEAFaSa) ran from January 2020 to December 2022 in two West African countries of the international …

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Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon

Prolinnova–Cameroon organised the first Farmer Innovation Fair in the country on 27–29 May 2021. A total of 50 farmers, including 21 women, from 10 regions in the country displayed their innovations and networked with other farmers, formal researchers and agricultural advisors. Local innovators and other stakeholders in agricultural research and development also took part in panel discussions …

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NaviNut: Promoting women’s innovation in child-feeding in Benin & Kenya

The project NaviNut “Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands” (Sept 2020–Oct 2023) takes a transdisciplinary research approach: co-creating knowledge across different scientific disciplines and societal stakeholders. The German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) coordinates the work together with the Center for Research and Development …

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Virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair, 10–11 Feb 2021

    GLOBAL FARMER INNOVATION FAIR 2021 A VIRTUAL EVENT CELEBRATING THE LOCAL CREATIVITY OF SMALL-SCALE FARMERS HOSTED BY PROLINNOVA + A GROWING CULTURE 10 – 11 FEBRUARY 2021   HERE IS THE SUMMARY BROCHURE WITH THE VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT!   On 10–11 February 2021, Prolinnova and A Growing Culture (AGC) celebrated small-scale family farmers through …

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Farmer-led joint research: Introduction

Farmer-led joint research with other actors in agricultural research and development is central to the Prolinnova approach. It builds on local innovation processes by farmers and is often referred to as “Participatory Innovation Development” (PID). Although PID is integral to all projects and initiatives under the umbrella of the Prolinnova network, some projects focus specifically …

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Integrating PID into education

At the International Partners’ Workshop in Cambodia in 2006, Prolinnova partners decided to give more attention to curriculum development and the integration of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approaches into higher education systems. They asked the Centre for International Cooperation of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (CIS-VUA), then a partner in the Prolinnova International Support Team (IST), to facilitate …

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Ethnovet project introduction

Ethnovet Project: Promoting Ethnoveterinary Medicine for Sustainable Livestock Husbandry in Northern Ghana Introduction The 3-year Ethnovet Project (2019–2022), funded by Misereor/KZE (Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid, Germany), is being implemented by the Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP), an NGO in northern Ghana. It is working in four districts in the Northern, North East …

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Introduction

Traduction française ci-dessous New (3rd) project : ELI-FaNS (1 Jan 2023 – 31 Dec 2025) Current ELI-FaNS CP-level coordinators / Coordinateurs actuels d’ELI-FaNS au niveau CP : Benin: (Ms) Nicole Sarah (sanitah04@yahoo.fr) Burkina Faso: Siaka Bangali (siakabangali@yahoo.fr) Ghana: Samuel Atia Ayamga (samuelatiaa@gmail.com) Kenya: Vincent Mariadho (mariadhovincent@yahoo.com) South Africa: Richard Chuene (chuener@agric.limpopo.gov.za) Overall project coordinator / …

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Promoting innovation by youth in agriculture & agri-food enterprises

Engaging youth in agriculture and related businesses can keep rural areas vibrant and counteract the tendency of migration of youth from rural to urban areas. It is vital that young people are offered education and training in agriculture, have a voice in influencing agricultural and rural policy, and are encouraged to engage in rural innovation. …

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Prolinnova at Workshop on Mobilising Youth in CGIAR Research Programs

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the African Development Bank and the CGIAR Consortium organised a workshop on 8-9 September 2015 in Montpellier, France, on “Mobilizing Youth within Phase 2 CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs)”. One member of the Prolinnova International Secretariat, Ingrid Flink, took part in this meeting, representing both theProlinnova network and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), which now hosts the Prolinnova International Secretariat. With growing numbers of …

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About PID in Managing Agrobiodiversity

An increasing number of projects promote the role of farmers – smallholders, herders, forest people, fisherfolk and other local resource users – in conserving natural resources and agricultural biodiversity. However, these projects often do not recognise the efforts made by local people themselves to make new uses of and enrich genetic resources. The long history …

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About Farmer-Led Documentation (FLD)

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 learning within the community and for exchange between communities (horizontal sharing) and among communities, development agents and policymakers (vertical sharing). Many development agents are interested in FLD but are …

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The role of local innovation in supporting climate-change adaptation

During the International Partners Workshop in Cambodia in 2006, Prolinnova partners expressed their interest in looking into the link between climate-change adaptation and participatory innovation development (PID). After all, if farmers are constantly having to adapt to changes in local conditions, whatever the cause of these changes may be, some of their innovation efforts will …

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About LISF

Prolinnova piloted a new mechanism to make funds for agricultural research and development accessible to farmer experimenters and local agencies supporting them. The Local Innovation Support Funds/Facilities (LISFs), as described in IK Notes 85       and a policy brief, are managed and used by farmers and community-based organisations (CBOs). The LISFs give farmers a chance to …

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LINEX-CCA project completed!!

The 3-year LINEX-CCA project supported by Misereor in the group of three Asian countries – Cambodia, India and Nepal – was completed in December 2014. The Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in these three countries were engaged in facilitating local innovation and experimentation as a means of helping smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. Women’s innovation was a …

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Learning from the National Farmer Innovation Fair in Nepal, 2009

The first national Farmer Innovation Fair (FIF) was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 2-4 May 2009. LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development), the local NGO that coordinates the Prolinnova network in Nepal, organised this event together with several partner organisations, with support from the Prolinnova International Secretariat at ETC Foundation in the Netherlands. …

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Eastern African Farmer Innovation Fair, Kenya, 2013

Building on the experiences and lessons from the Farmer Innovation Fair (FIF) in Nepal in 2009, the Eastern African FIF took a step further to include farmer innovators from several countries in a region: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – a challenge that demanded even more collaboration and coordination than the fair in Nepal. The …

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Study on impact of farmer-led research and development

In collaboration with CGIAR Research Programs for Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Prolinnova International Support team made a study of the longer-term impacts of various farmer-led research and development approaches facilitated by civil-society organisations (CSOs). Background Many of the efforts to transform scientific knowledge into sustainable agriculture …

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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: to …

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2013 meeting of LINEX–CCA partners

Members of the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Cambodia, India and Nepal involved in the LINEX–CCA (Local INnovation and EXperimentation for Climate Change Adaptation) project supported by Misereor, Germany, met on 25 May 2013, before the Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW). Suman Manandhar (LI-BIRD, Nepal), Sonali Bisht (INHERE, India), Sam Vitou (CEDAC, Cambodia) and Chesha Wettasinha …

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LINEX-CCA regional project progress report for 2012

During the first year of implementation of the LINEX-CCA project, partners in Cambodia, India and Nepal were involved in: selecting appropriate sites, conducting studies to assess the perceptions of local communities on climate change and identifying local innovations to adapt to climate change. They also had meetings with local-level stakeholders and conducted awareness sessions on …

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Articles & publications on FLD

Local innovation in the development of smallholder agriculture: a literature review and case study in the Department of Cochabamba Bolivia by Markus Frank, BSc thesis, University of Kassel / German Institute for Tropical & Subtropical Agriculture, Witzenhausen. 2012. The first part of the thesis is a review of literature on different approaches to understanding and …

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Webinar report on building capacities in universities and research institutes to integrate PID

Webinar 2 theme: “Building capacities within universities and research institutes to create conducive conditions for stimulating reflection and integrating Participatory Innovation Development (PID)” The Prolinnova international network (www.prolinnova.net) initiated a series of three webinars to provide an opportunity for its Community of Practice (CoP) to share experiences in linking with university and research actors in …

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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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Prolinnova in GFAiR Collective Action on Transforming Higher Education in Agriculture

The Collective Action (CA) on Transforming Higher Education in Agriculture, formally launched on 14 September 2023, aims to promote and accelerate the transformation of higher educational models of learning through improved technical and practical skills and effectiveness of agricultural professionals to increase their employability, agricultural entrepreneurship, innovation and ethical leadership within their countries’ agricultural innovation …

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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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Report from the 2023 International Partners Workshop in South Africa

Last month we had the International Partners Workshop in Limpopo, South Africa. The workshop report as well as a pdf file containing all the presentations are available on the website at the following links: Workshop report: https://prolinnova.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/IPW-Workshop-Report-2023-v4.pdf   Compilation of presentations https://prolinnova.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/IPW-Polokwane-2023-Combined-Presentations-3.1.pdf

Prolinnova participation in 6th AFAAS Extension Week 2023

The 6th Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week (AAEW 2023) was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 5–11 November, co-hosted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development and the Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS). The AAEW is a biennial flagship event of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), which brings participants …

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ELI-FaNS project in first half of Year 1

“Expanding the promotion of local innovation for food security and healthy nutrition to strengthen resilience with focus on women” (ELI-FaNS, 2023–25) is a follow-on project to SULCI-FaNS (Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate in Food and Nutrition Security, 2019–22) and has the following objectives: 1. Small-scale farmers (especially women and youth) actively innovate to improve …

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Integrating the PID approach into state and non-state organisations in Ghana

For many years, the multistakeholder Prolinnova–Ghana platform has been implementing the Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approach through several successive projects. It has mobilised numerous stakeholders in agricultural research and development (ARD) to identify local innovations within farming communities and to collaborate with farmers in improving these innovations through farmer-led joint experimentation. These projects have all …

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Prolinnova IPW 22-27 October 2023 in South Africa

Prolinnova-South Africa is hosting the 2023 International Partners Workshop (IPW) in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, back-to-back with the partner meetings of two projects funded by Misereor: SULCI-FaNS (involving Prolinnova Country Platforms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa) and Proli-GEAFaSa (involving Burkina Faso and Senegal). Several sessions will be in hybrid format in order …

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