GLOBAL FARMER INNOVATION FAIR 2021
A VIRTUAL EVENT CELEBRATING THE LOCAL CREATIVITY OF SMALL-SCALE FARMERS
HOSTED BY PROLINNOVA + A GROWING CULTURE
10 – 11 FEBRUARY 2021
On 10–11 February 2021, Prolinnova and A Growing Culture (AGC) celebrated small-scale family farmers through the Global Farmer Innovation Fair (FIF). This virtual event gave men and women farmers in Africa and Asia a chance to showcase their innovations and to learn about the activities of others in local innovation and farmer-led Participatory Innovation Development (PID).
The international Prolinnova network developed the format of the FIF to bring together farmer innovators to share their knowledge and new ideas so as to inspire others engaged in agricultural research and development (ARD). It seeks to stimulate partnership to strengthen resilience to change. Through FIFs, broader audiences have the opportunity to understand the significance of farmers’ capacity to create solutions in response to new problems and opportunities.
The spotlight in the FIF is on the achievements and experiences of the farmer innovators. Some of them presented their work directly and individually or as group representatives, and some in conversations with other farmers and facilitators and/or in video clips. The two days of the global FIF included several 30-minute sessions involving farmers, each session with a different thematic focus, interspersed with very brief inputs from other ARD actors about issues related to local innovation and PID. Recordings of all of the sessions and inputs are now available in links embedded in the summary brochure.
Printed versions of the introductory and closing statements made on the two days of the fair, including the introductions to the concepts of local innovation, farmer-led research and local innovation support funds/facilities (LISFs) are also available here in English and French.