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 brings 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.

Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon, 27–29 May 2021

Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon (FIPAC)

News about FIPAC broadcast on national television CRTV in English

See the programme (in French) !

The Prolinnova community of practice and its partners in Prolinnova–Cameroon are holding a Farmer Innovation Fair in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 27–29 May 2021. This event brings together stakeholders in agricultural research and development (ARD) to learn about and contribute to promoting processes of local innovation and farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID) in agriculture and natural resource management. It is presented in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture in Cameroon.

The main aims of the fair (FIPAC as French acronym) are: 

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.

Annual report 2020 from West & Central Africa


As part of the regionalisation process within the Prolinnova network, two subregional coordinators (SRCs) were appointed part-time in Africa, with funding through the SULCI-FaNS (Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security) project. In the West & Central Africa subregion, Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane started work as the new SRC in April 2020, taking over from Georges Djohy.

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.

Prolinnova-Senegal & innovative gardeners featured in Nat-Bi newsletter

The February 2021 issue of AgriBio Services’ newsletter Nat-Bi includes an article (page 8) on the presentations made by West & Central African coordinator Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane on the Prolinnova network and by project coordinator Ms Oumy Ndiaye on the Proli-GEAFaSa project to promote innovation in water management by small-scale farmers. These were made during a meeting in mid-February with several Senegalese journalists. Abdel’s presentation can be found here, and Oumy's presentation can be found here.

The following article (page 9) highlights the participation of small-scale market gardeners near St Louis during the virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair on 10-11 February, when they shared information about their own innovations in water management.

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