2012

TVEAP’s tribute to Yang Saing Koma – Country Coordinator, PROLINNOVA Cambodia

As you may remember, TVEAP did several interviews with several Prolinnova members whilst shooting footage for the video which was finalised and launched at the IPW in March 2011. According to Manori Wijesekera, TVEAP’s roving director, one of the most inspiring interviews was the one with Yang Saing Koma – Country Programme Coordinator of Prolinnova Cambodia. When Koma was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in June this year, TVEAP paid a tribute to him on their website: http://www.tveap.org/?q=node/618

Yang Saing Koma, Prolinnova–Cambodia Country Coordinator, receives Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012!!!

We, as the growing family of Prolinnova in 20 countries, join hands to offer hearty congratulations to Yang Saing Koma of Cambodia on receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsayay Award for 2012. Congratulations are also extended to the team at CEDAC Cambodia, who are committed to serving the smallholder farming communities of their country.

Koma, as he is known to many of us, is the Country Programme Coordinator and visionary leader of Prolinnova-Cambodia. He has been recognised for his untiring efforts and inspiring leadership, and – as aptly summarised by the Award Foundation – for “his creative fusion of practical science and collective will that has inspired and enabled vast numbers of farmers in Cambodia to become more empowered and productive contributors to their country’s economic growth.”

Integrating PID into government extension systems

Fanos Mekonnen carried out research in Cambodia and Ethiopia (Tigray) into how participatory innovation development (PID) is being integrated into government extension systems. Her findings, showing how committed partners at the grassroots level can integrate a participatory approach into hierarchical government systems to improve smallholder agricultural development, are summarised in this 4-page Prolinnova brief.

New Misereor project LINEX-CCA in Asia !

On 1 January 2012 a new regional programme was started by Prolinnova partners in Cambodia, India and Nepal. “Local INnovation and EXperimentation: an entry point to Climate-Change Adaptation for sustainable livelihoods in Asia“ is known as LINEX–CCA for short. Misereor, Germany, has approved activities for three years. The content coordination of LINEX–CCA lies with LI-BIRD in Nepal, the administrative coordination with CEDAC in Cambodia. The overall aim is, by using participatory innovation development (PID), to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, especially women, that depend on agriculture and are vulnerable to climate change. Also the capacities of local organisations will be strengthened to support these innovating, experimenting and adapting communities. Evidence will be provided to feed into policy dialogue at national and international level, designed to increase recognition of local capacities and initiatives in dealing with climate change.