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  • New POG Co-Chair: Suman Manandhar

    Suman Manandhar (Nepal), an independent member of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), agreed during the July 2021 POG meeting to co-chair the POG alongside Lisa Williams van Dijk (UK). The previous co-chair was Chris Macoloo (Kenya), who was a very important pillar in the governance of Prolinnova during the process of regionalising the network. Suman can draw on many years of experience with Prolinnova in helping to guide the network. Read more about the POG co-chairs Lisa (here) and Suman (here) and about the entire POG (here).

  • Appropriate Technology magazine features Prolinnova achievements

    The June 2021 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine (Vol. 48, No. 2) brings three articles about Prolinnova - one on social innovation for improved food and water security in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; another on setting up a multistakeholder platform to promote farmer-led research and innovation in Benin; and a third one on the election of three new members in the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) - Ibrahima Seck from Senegal, TJ James from India and Violet Kirigua from Kenya.

    Read the latest articles here:

  • 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 includes 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.

  • Plateforme de promotion de l’innovation locale au Bénin / Platform to promote local innovation in Benin

    Participants à l’atelier / Workshop participants (Photo: Mass Photo-Video)

    English below

    Mise en place d’une plateforme multi-acteurs de promotion de l’innovation locale au Bénin

    Le samedi, 15 mai 2021, s’est tenu à Parakou au Nord-Bénin l’atelier de mise en place d’une plateforme multi-acteurs de promotion de l’innovation locale et du développement participatif d’innovation (DPI) du Bénin.

  • 3 new POG members: Violet Kirigua (Kenya), Ibrahima Seck (Senegal) & TJ James (India)

      

               Violet Kirigua, Kenya                          Ibrahima Seck, Senegal                                 TJ James, India

  • Women innovators showcased in Appropriate Technology magazine

    The March 2021 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine (Vol. 48, No. 1) published two articles on women innovators in Kenya and Nepal. Prolinnova partners in the two countries have been working with these women in farmer-led joint research and helping them share their experiences within and beyond their communities. Both women presented their innovations at the virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair hosted by Prolinnova and A Growing Culture in February 2021. Read the articles here:

  • 1st Proli-GEAFaSa partners meeting in Burkina

    The first meeting of the partners of the Proli-GEAFaSa project was hosted by the Country Platform (CP) in Burkina Faso on 1–3 April 2021. This Misereor-funded project covers two Prolinnova CPs in West Africa (Burkina Faso and Senegal) and aims to promote local innovation in water management in family farming. Workshop participants were the national technical implementation teams from the two CPs and the Subregional Coordinator (SRC) for West & Central Africa (WCA).

    The workshop was an opportunity to discuss project progress during Year 1 and to plan activities for Year 2. The main activities implemented and results recorded were:

  • Farmer-led research webinar hosted by U of Guelph, Canada

       Farmer-researcher Angie Koch, EFAO (Photo: Stills Motion Content)

    On 12 March 2021, students of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development of the University of Guelph in the province of Ontario, Canada, organised a webinar on “Farmer-led research in the resilience of rural communities”. The webinar examined farmer-led research (FLR) from the perspectives of farmers in the Global North and South.

    Angie Koch, a farmer researcher with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), made a keynote presentation on her experiences in FLR. She stressed how important it is in her research to follow her own curiosity and seek answers to her own questions for her farm. She enjoys learning from other farmer-researchers' methods and results as much as she appreciates the opportunity to share her own.

  • Sharad Rai: new Prolinnova–Asia Regional Coordinator

    Sharad Rai is not a stranger to Prolinnova. He joined Prolinnova–Nepal in 2005 representing Practical Action and was an active member of the National Working Group (NWG). Sharad was involved in identifying and documenting farmer innovation and supporting farmer-led joint research in Nepal.

    During his time in the NWG, he developed guidelines for Participatory Innovation Development in Nepal, which was awarded a prize as the Knowledge contest winner for Best Knowledge Product by Practical Action Headquarters in the UK in 2007. Sharad played a key role as part of the Prolinnova Nepal’s organising team of two key events in Kathmandu in 2007: the first national-level Farmer Innovation Fair and the Asia-Pacific Innovation Symposium.

  • African Partners Workshop 2020 held via Zoom

    A regional workshop bringing together African Country Platforms (CPs) was held on 2628 October 2020. It had originally been planned to be hosted by ProlinnovaCameroon, but because of the travel restrictions in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic had to be held on the Zoom platform. The virtual workshop was organised and facilitated by the two Prolinnova Subregional Coordinators in Africa, Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane (West & Central Africa) and Jacob Wanyama (Eastern & Southern Africa).

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