Friend of Prolinnova Oliver Oliveros heading GAFF

Oliver Oliveros – who helped Prolinnova emerge over 20 years ago as a Global Partnership Programme of the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) and who is a Friend of Prolinnova – has just been appointed Interim Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF).

See https://futureoffood.org/insights/leadership-transition-plan-for-the-global-alliance-announced/?redirect_to=295 

UNDP approves Prolinnova–Kenya’s funding proposal

Joe Ouko with his goat-meal innovation (Credit:Laurens van Veldhuizen)

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:

GFAR blog on woman innovator in Kenya

 

 

The GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation) has posted a blog

Local farmer innovation: an entry point for farmer-led joint research

2021 report on Prolinnova activities in Kenya

The 2021 annual report from Prolinnova–Kenya highlights the major activities undertaken in the two action-learning sites in Kisumu (Kisumu West and Nyakach Sub-Counties) and Makueni (Mukaa Sub-County) primarily within the SULCI-FaNS project and various activities at national level. The report includes a detailed account of the visit to Kenya made by members of Prolinnova–Sudan together with a group from South Sudan interested in setting up a multistakeholder platform in their country. The 14-page report can be found here.

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.

Progress in Year 2 of ethnovet project in Ghana

The Misereor-funded Ethnovet project – Promoting Ethnoveterinary Medicine for Sustainable Animal Husbandry Practices in Northern Ghana – has completed its second of three years of operation (2019–22). This second annual progress report (Oct 2020 – Sept 2021) describes the activities implemented and outputs achieved in Year 2. These included

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.

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