Assessing the impact of grassroots innovation in agriculture

by Brigid Letty, Zanele Shezi & Maxwell Mudhara, Prolinnova-SA; presented at GLOBELICS International Conference, 15-17 Nov 2011, Buenos Aires, Argentina (GLOBELICS:  Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation & Competence Building Systems)
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Farmer-Led Documentation: Learning from Prolinnova Experiences

eds: Laurens van Veldhuizen, Ann Waters-Bayer, Chesha Wettasinha & Wim Hiemstra

Chapter 6: Stimulating farmers to do their own photo documentation in South Africa  by Zanele Shezi, Michael Malinga, Maxwell Mudhara & Brigid Letty

Prolinnova South Africa: Sparks on the Rainbow

On 21st March 2011, four films featuring the work of Prolinnova were launched at the International Partners Workshop in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. One of the films featured is based on work in the country network of South Africa entitled, Prolinnova South Africa: Sparks on the Rainbow.

Prolinnova contribution to 2011 State of the World

In the book 2011 State of the World: Innovations that nourish the planet recently published by the Wordwatch Institute in Washington DC, Prolinnova contributed a chapter on ‘Farmers take the lead in research and development’ (authors: Brigid Letty, Qureish Noordin, Saidou Magagi and Ann Waters-Bayer).


In 2010, UNU-Merit (a research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University (UM), based in southeast Netherlands), with support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), circulated a call for proposals for the development of case studies of innovation processes in Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa. The purpose of the initiative was to build the capacity of the project teams regarding innovation processes and the use of indicators for tracking and measuring innovation processes.

PROLINNOVA at international workshop on research communication

In November 2010, Ann Waters-Bayer brought PROLINNOVA perspectives into a 2-day international workshop in London on “Improving the impact of development research through better communication and uptake”. The workshop was organised by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS). The 80 participants were mainly research managers, science communicators, and research and development donors. The main aims were to share innovative approaches to research communication and uptake and to identify opportunities for collaboration. The focus was not limited to agriculture and natural resource management but looked rather at development research more widely. Much emphasis was given to communicating well-founded and well-analysed research evidence to high-level policymakers.

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