Prolinnova completes Yr 3 of Proli-FaNS – and starts Yr 1 of SULCI-FaNS

The “Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) project has come to an end. It was funded by Misereor/KZE (Germany) for somewhat more than three years (1 August 2016 to 30 September 2019) and was implemented by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in five African countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Kenya.

The Project Narrative Report for Year 3 describes the achievements and progress made with regards to the project objectives: i) Rural communities develop their innovative capacities to effectively improve food security, nutrition security and nutritional diversity; ii) Women are more widely recognised as innovators and are supported in further developing their innovations, from which they control the benefits; and iii) Subregional Prolinnova platforms support CPs to develop capacity for collective learning, mobilising resources and effective policy dialogue.

The Final Project Report covers the entire project period from 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2019. It describes the overall contextual changes in the project’s action-learning sites, achievement of the project objectives, risks encountered and measures taken. It also describes the key external stakeholders and actors and the roles each played, as well as the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes used to measure and assess results. It includes a section on sustainability and a summary assessment of the effectiveness, relevance and lessons learned from the project.

On 1 October 2019, a three-year follow-on project called “Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security” (SULCI-FaNS) commenced and is likewise funded by Misereor/KZE. This will allow the CPs to strengthen community capacity to innovate in order to improve food and nutrition security and to scale out the participatory innovation development (PID) approach and outcomes by engaging more strongly in policy dialogue. Particular attention will be given to promoting gender equality and women’s development through PID. Other objectives of the SULCI-FaNS project are to strengthen governance, networking and learning at CP level, to build capacities of subregional Prolinnova platforms and to set up a regional Prolinnova platform in Africa.

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