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  • Articles in “Appropriate Technology” on local innovation in Kenya & Senegal

    Two articles about Prolinnova work in Eastern Africa and in West Africa were published in the March 2022 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine:

  • Year 2 report on Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate

    The second year of the 3-year Misereor-funded project Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security (SULCI-FaNS) was completed in September 2021.

  • Virtual International Partners Workshop 2021

    The International Partners Workshop (IPW) took place virtually in early October 2021, the first day being an online marketplace that gave partners in the Country Platforms a chance to share some experiences in promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development (PID) activities in their countries. The IPW focused on two main themes - institutionalisation of the PID approach and regionalisation of the Prolinnova network - and also discussed some issues around how digitalisation might support PID. Invited speaker Million Belay, General Coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), shared some insights into communication across countries in Africa for advocacy.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the IPW, including the marketplace, to those who facilitated sessions, to those who made presentations, and to the very able translators who assisted with French-English-Portuguese simultaneous interpretation.

  • International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) 2021 in Nepal

    “Sharing about farmer innovation with students of secondary schools and universities was the highlight of the events to mark IFID 2021 in Nepal. One event was held at the Creative Academy, a secondary school in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, and the other was a Zoom event organised by a supporter of farmer innovation. Read the report ….”

  • Appropriate Technology magazine features Cameroonian Farmer Innovation Fair

    The September 2021 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine (Vol. 48, No. 3) brings a 2-page article "First innovation fair celebrates farmer ingenuity in Cameroon" written by Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane, Prolinnova's Subregional Coordinator in West & Central Afrca, and Jean-Bosco Etoa, Prolinnova-Cameroon coordinator. The article highlights the awards given during the fair to young people - male and female - for their innovations in food processing.

  • Kenyan farmer innovation in Horn of Africa + Sahel Knowledge Share Fair

    The report of the “Horn of Africa and Sahel Virtual Knowledge Share Fair: Promoting innovation to build resilience against climatic shocks” that was held in October 2020 is now online ( The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in partnership with the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Africa and Office of Emergencies and Resilience organised the week-long event.

    The report documents 25 resilience-enhancing good or promising practices and experiences that were showcased and discussed during the virtual share fair. The purpose of sharing these practices and experiences that have proven impact was to further promote evidence-based decision-making, capacity building and resource mobilisation for upscaling promising practices for development in the Horn of Africa and Sahel regions. 

  • NaviNut project active at Tropentag 2021 in Germany

    Although the NaviNut (Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands) project is still relatively young, with the fieldwork having started only in late 2020, several partners presented posters or gave oral presentations at the international Tropentag conference on 15–17 September 2021.

    The Tropentag is an interdisciplinary, science-based and development-oriented conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural development held annually in Germany, Austria, Belgium or Czechia. This year’s Tropentag, with the theme “Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and sustainable future", in hybrid format, was organised by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Virtual marketplace for Prolinnova Country Platforms

    On Friday 1 October, we had our first virtual marketplace for Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs). It was attended by 42 participants from various CPs, members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group, International Support Group and Friends of Prolinnova. Thank you to all the CPs and the farmer innovators with whom you collaborated in preparing material for the marketplace. We had a range of videos and presentations made by representatives of the CPs, including farmer innovators. It provided a great opportunity to share with and learn from each other. Thanks to A Growing Culture (AGC), who worked over the last couple of months assisting members of CPs to develop materials and story-telling skills.

  • Prolinnova–Kenya gives PID training to stakeholders in NaviNut project

    Participants in the NaviNut LI/PID training in Marsabit (Photo: Diba Tari)


  • New member of Prolinnova International Support Team

    Fanos Mekonnen Birke has joined the Prolinnova International Support Team. At its May 2021 meeting, the Board of Agrecol Association – the Northern Focal Point of the Prolinnova network – decided that Fanos would be the contact person between Agrecol and Prolinnova. 

    She has many years’ experience with Prolinnova, as she facilitated analysis of efforts to integrate the PID approach into agricultural advisory services in Cambodia and Tigray (Northern Ethiopia) and was part of the Prolinnova–Ethiopia network. She holds an MSc in Management of Agroecological Knowledge and Social Change from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and recently completed her doctorate in the Department of Communication and Advisory Services in Rural Areas at the University of Hohenheim in southern Germany. Her doctoral research was on “Public agriculture extension and information communication technologies: a case study in South Wollo, Ethiopia”.

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