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PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecological agriculture and NRM  

VISION:    A world where women and men farmers play decisive roles in agroecology and natural resource management (NRM) innovation processes for sustainable livelihoods

Eastern & Southern Africa Subregional Platform

In its 2016–20 strategy, the Prolinnova network decided to create regional and subregional platforms of country-level multistakeholder networks (“Country Platforms”). The Eastern & Southern Africa Subregional Platform includes the Country Platforms (CPs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. It is also open to multistakeholder groups that want to promote farmer-led local innovation and experimentation processes in other countries in the subregion and that apply to the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) to be accepted at Prolinnova CPs.

Two Prolinnova articles from Kenya in "Appropriate Technology"

In the June 2022 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine, there are two articles written by people involved in the Prolinnova network and related projects:

SULCI-FaNS in first half of Year 3

The SULCI-FaNS project funded by Misereor and coordinated by ACDEP (Ghana) is in its third and final year. The semi-annual progress report highlighs the activities and acheivements in the first half of Year 3, the period from October 2021 to March 2022. The project partners in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya are now working on a proposal for a follow-on project, which they hope to expand to include more CPs in Africa.

2020-21 report from Prolinnova in the UK

The Farmer-Led Research Network was recognised as a Prolinnova multistakeholder platform in the UK in April 2020. This report brings some history of FLIN and gives a summary of its activities in 2020 and 2021, including webinars and conferences and helping to set up the Centre for Effective Innovation in Agriculture.

Scaling up innovation to better integrate women’s empowerment & nutrition in agroecology in Senegal

A consortium involving the Prolinnova–Senegal partner organisations Agrecol-Afrique and AgriBio Services, coordinated by Groundswell International, developed the project “Scaling up innovation to integrate nutrition and women’s empowerment into advisory services supporting agroecology in Senegal”. From the more than 50 proposals submitted to the GIZ Innovation Challenge 2021, the Senegal proposal was one of six finalists awarded small “proof-of-concept” grants.

Mitiku Haile, Mekelle University, awarded 2021 World Agriculture Prize !

Mitiku Haile, founder of and professor at Mekelle University, Ethiopia – and a very early member of the Prolinnova network, still a member to this day – has been awarded the 2021 World Agriculture Prize by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). 

Mitiku has been active in incorporating participatory approaches into agricultural education, as documented in a couple of papers on the Prolinnova website:

Catalogue d'innovations locales au Bénin / Catalogue of local innovations in Benin

Ce « Catalogue d’innovations locales » est un produit du projet financé par Nuffic « Renforcement de capacités des enseignants des lycées agricoles pour soutenir l’entrepreneuriat social basé sur l’innovation locale pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle » (2020–22).

Study visit by PID trainees from Sudan & South Sudan to Kenya

For professionals in two universities in Sudan and South Sudan, Nuffic (Netherlands) is supporting tailor-made training in farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID), an approach that puts small-scale farmers at the centre of the research and development process.

Rapport annuel 2021 de la plateforme Prolinnova-Burkina Faso

La Plateforme-Pays (PP) Prolinnova Burkina Faso, au cours de l’année 2021, a assuré la poursuite de l’extension de son dynamisme dans les domaines bien ciblés que sont : le développement du partenariat, le renforcement de capacités, la mise en oeuvre et le suivi des projets, la concertation reguliére et la partcipation à des rencontres sous-regionales et internationales. Le rapport complet en français est disponible ci-dessous.

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