Since 1 July 2015, the Prolinnova International Secretariat is hosted by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. See below the announcement in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. We thank ETC Foundation for hosting the Secretariat since the launch of Prolinnova until now!
PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM
VISION: A world where women and men farmers play decisive roles in agricultural research and development for sustainable livelihoods
The strong flows of migrants into Europe have raised awareness of the need to promote economic opportunities and development in the Global South in order to address the root causes of displacement and migration. For its 2015 Annual Conference, the Malta National Contact Point of the European Migration Network invited a presentation of Prolinnova’s work with small-scale farmer innovators.
The Prolinnova network recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Access Agriculture, an international non-governmental organisation registered in Kenya with a global mandate to promote the sharing of videos in support of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries.
Prolinnova and Access Agriculture will collaborate in promoting the production, translation, distribution and use of high-quality farmer training videos in local languages. Prolinnova members will be able to upload their videos on farmer innovation and farmer-led research on the Agtube web platform (www.agtube.org).
Best Practice Association (BPA) and the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) have compiled descriptions of innovative practices developed by small-scale farmers in the book “Best practices of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia”.
The stories give recognition to and celebrate the innovative capacity of Ethiopian farmers and are meant to inspire other farmers as well as professionals in agricultural research and development. This is the second book in the series “Stories of change at the grassroots”. For more information, contact the authors Hailu Araya (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Yohannes Gebremichael (email@example.com).
The National Meeting of Farmer Innovators was held on 4 December 2015 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. A total of 45 innovations were selected. The fair was attended by 51 innovators, 38 stands from six departments: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Oruro, Potosi,Cochabamba and Chuquisaca.
This was the topic of a Global Discourse in September 2015 at the Centre for Development Research (CDR) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. The discussants were Ann Waters-Bayer from Prolinnova/KIT and international consultant Lemlem Sissay Fetene, moderated by Birgit Habermann from CDR/BOKU. A summary of the discussion can be found here: www.boku.ac.at/en/centre-for-development-research/
During the V Global Conference “Let’s Build the Future: Family Farming” organised by the World Rural Forum (WRF) on 21–23 September 2015 in Bilbao, a roundtable on linking family-farmer organisations and research centres was held.
Four members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), each representing his/her regional constituency, took part in the Constituent Assembly of the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 24–26 August 2015: