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Stocktaking of Prolinnova presented at GCARD3

Over a decade of experience of promoting farmer-led innovation through the Prolinnova network was showcased at the third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) on 6–8 April 2016 in Johannesburg. The event was organised by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and hosted by the South African Government and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa.

New host for the Prolinnova-Nepal network

The Natural History Museum of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu has accepted the task of hosting the Prolinnova network in Nepal. Since the network started in 2003, it has been capably hosted by LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives in Biodiversity, Research and Development) based in Pokhara.

Celebrating International Farmer Innovation Day 2015

IIRR-Philippines, the coordinating NGO of Prolinnova-Philippinesorganised two activities to encourage farmers to learn from each other: 17 farmers from Guinayangan, Quezon, took part in a "roving workshop" with a special emphasis on coffee and cacao production, and 70 farmers took part in a "farmer learning event" in which farmer trainers shared innovations in livestock management. See the report here: pdf file: 737 KB

Prolinnova presented at migration conference in Malta

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.

Prolinnova partnership with Access Agriculture

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).

Prolinnova-Ethiopia brings out new book on farmer innovation

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 (hailuara@yahoo.com) and Yohannes Gebremichael (yohannesgmichael@gmail.com). 

Farmer Innovation Fair in Bolivia

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, OruroPotosi,Cochabamba and Chuquisaca.

Can grassroots innovation bring global solutions?

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/

Prolinnova at WRF Global Conference on Family Farming

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.

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