Scaling up local capacity to innovate: Year 1 report

Year 1 of the 3-year Misereor-funded project Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security (SULCI-FaNS) was completed in September 2020. Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya are engaged in strengthening the innovation capacities of small-scale farmers, particularly women and women’s groups, to improve food and nutrition security and resilience of local communities. They are also building the capacity of other stakeholders in agricultural research and development in promoting local innovation and farmer-led joint research and seeking to scale up this approach. SULCI-FaNS supports activities in the West & Central Africa and Eastern & Southern Africa subregions working toward regionalisation of the Prolinnova network in Africa. The Year 1 report describes achievements at these different levels.

Troisième formation DPI au Bénin / Third PID training in Benin

Photo: Studio Mass, Benin

Troisième formation DPI au Bénin

Participatory research for food innovation by women in Tigray

Fetien Abay, a long-time member of the Prolinnova network, has just published a chapter in a new book Women in precision agriculture: technological breakthroughs, challenges and aspiration for a prosperous and sustainable future (edited by Takoi Khemais Hamrita) issued in 2021 by Springer Nature Switzerland.

Annonce de la Foire d’Innovation Paysanne au Cameroun / Announcing Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon (FIPAC)

Farmer-to-farmer sharing about local experimentation with palm tree seeds (Photo: Amina Bwebeyuou)

 

Annonce de la Foire d’Innovation Paysanne au Cameroun

Promoting women’s innovation in feeding children in Benin & Kenya

The project NaviNut “Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands” held its start-up workshop in early December 2020. It 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 in Drylands (CRDD, a member of Prolinnova–Kenya); the University of Parakou (involved in training on participatory innovation development/PID with another project under the Prolinnova umbrella) and the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin; the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya; and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. This 3-year project is funded by the German Ministry for Food & Agriculture (BMEL).

Peter Gubbels joins Prolinnova Oversight Group

In December 2020, Peter Gubbels – a Canadian living and working in northern Ghana – was selected by the Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in West & Central Africa to take the seat for this subregion in the Prolinnova Oversight Group. He was nominated by the CP in northern Ghana.

International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) celebrated in Nepal

International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) was celebrated in Nepal on 29 November 2020 using the Zoom platform.

Deuxième formation DPI au Bénin / Second PID training in Benin


En octobre 2020, le deuxième atelier sur le développement participatif d'innovation (DPI) s'est tenu virtuellement, comme le premier, en raison de la situation de COVID-19. C'était dans le cadre du projet "Renforcement de capacités des enseignants des lycées agricoles pour soutenir l'entrepreneuriat social basé sur l'innovation locale pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle", financé par le Programme Orange Knowledge de Nuffic.
 

Prolinnova–Kenya in Horn of Africa & Sahel Knowledge Share Fair

Vincent Mariadho, PK coordinator, presenting Joe Ouko’s locally formulated dairy goat meal

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