2005

2005 Mid-year Report

South Africa Country Platform

Prolinnova-South Africa had its first National Workshop postponed from 2004 to 2005. It was held in February, back to back with a POG (Prolinnova Oversight Group) meeting. The workshop had 20 people participants, representatives of different stakeholder groups, and resulted in a comprehensive action plan for the next years. A well written brochure with information on local innovation in SA collected in 2004 was published early 2005 and launched during the national workshop.

EFARD Conference 2005

Prolinnova featured at EFARD conference, April 2005

Coordinators of the Prolinnova Country Platforms in South Africa and Nepal presented experiences in North–South partnerships in agricultural research for development (ARD) at the EFARD (European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development) conference held in Zurich, Switzerland on 27–30 April 2005. In the session on “Innovation through ARD partnerships”, the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) organised a workshop on North–South research partnerships: guidelines, challenges, success stories and the way forward. The poster (PDF File; size : 438 KB) and presentations made for this session by Monique Salomon, Farmer Research Group, South Africa, and Pratap Shrestha, LI-BIRD, Nepal, are available on this website for viewing and download.

South African extensionists give recognition to farmer innovations

On 12 May 2005, 70 conference delegates recognised the significance of farmers’ social and technical innovations by awarding Roberta Burgess and Tim Hart (both Core Team members of the South African Prolinnova network) the prize for best scientific paper at the 39th Annual Conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension, held in Bloemfontein. The paper is titled "Across the divide: the impact of farmer-to-farmer linkages in the absence of extension services", (Word Document: size : 52 KB). Approximately 20 other papers were presented at the conference.