About the Prolinnova–Cameroon Country Platform

ProlinnovaCameroon started in March 2011, when the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) approved an application from the then newly formed multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee (NSC) in the country. This Country Platform (CP) seeks to develop Cameroonian agriculture by integrating endogenous solutions into rural development policies and strategies. It is putting in place a framework for spreading local innovations and for continuous cooperation between smallholders, agricultural advisors and research scientists in research and development. Its activities include identifying local innovations and innovation processes, giving training in participatory innovation development (PID), facilitating PID, organising exchange of PID experiences and spreading the results in various forms. Funding for the activities has been sought primarily in-country (e.g. among the member organisations and from donors operating at national or sub-national level) as well as from international donors. Since August 2016, it is one of the five African CPs involved in the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project funded through Misereor / Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. (Catholic Agency for Development Aid / KZE).

Each member organisation of the NSC is working with farming communities, including farmer innovators. These organisations are:

  • COSADER (NGO Collective for Rural Development and Food Security), an NGO concerned with rural development;
  • CRAFEJE (Cercle de Recherche et d’Appui à l’Entreprenariat des Femmes et des Jeunes), an NGO working with women and youth in research and training;
  • ODECO (Organisation de Développement d’Etude et de Formation et de Conseil), an NGO that focuses on environmental protection and the marketing of agricultural products;
  • AIDER (Association des Ingénieurs du Développement Rural), a CSO of professionals in rural development, involved especially in strengthening the capacities of smallholders;
  • IRAD (National Institute for Agricultural Research and Development), which is part of the Cameroonian Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation; and
  • CAPEF (Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forests), an organisation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The overall coordinator of Prolinnova–Cameroon is Ms Christine Andela of COSADER; the day-to-day activities are managed by Jean Bosco Etoa. Plans are underway for expansion of the platform to include other members.

ProlinnovaCameroon National Steering Committee

1. Alain Beko'o Abondo, CAPEF (Chambre d’Agriculture, des Pêches, de l’Elevage et des Forêts / Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forests) – NSC Chair (alternate from CAPEF: Lucien Essomba)

2. Amougou Constant, IRAD (Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement / Institute of Agricultural Research for Development)

3. (Ms) Christine Andela, COSADER (Collectif des Organisations pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et le Développement Rural/ Coalition of Organisations for Food Security and Development)

4. (Ms) Gertrude Ngo Bahoya, CRAFEJ (Cercle de Recherche et d’Appui à l’Entreprenariat des Femmes et des Jeunes / Circle of Research and Support to Women and Youth Entrepreneurship)

5. Roger Mongono, AIDER (Association des Ingénieurs du Développement Rural / Association of Rural Development Engineers)

6. (Ms) Sylvie Mbog, ODECO (Organisme de Développement, d’Étude, de Formation et de Conseils / Organisation for Development, Study, Training and Advisory Services)

Jean Bosco Etoa, COSADER ( – coordinator, ex-officio member

Rapport annuel 2016

L’année 2016 a connu plusieurs activités par la plateforme nationale Prolinnova-Cameroun :

  • La participation aux rencontres internationales
  • L’identification des innovations paysannes
  • La célébration de la journée de l’innovation paysanne.

Lisez le rapport d’activités en detail ici.

Celebrating IFID 2015 with focus on innovation in beekeeping

To celebrate the International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) on 29 November 2015, Prolinnova–Cameroon organised a workshop for beekeepers, building on a local innovation by the beekeeper Serge Ayangma in fragmenting bee colonies. The terms of reference for the event can be found here and the report on the event can be found here (both in French).

Prolinnova Cameroon Innovation Day 2013!

On 29 November, Prolinnova-Cameroon celebrated the International Farmer Innovation Day with family farmers in Abong Mbang Region in the east of Cameroon.

PDF file: 335 MB

Farmer Innovation matinees at international days in Cameroon

In mid-October 2011 in Yaoundé, Prolinnova–Cameroon celebrated farmers' innovativeness during three international days: the Rural Women’s Day (15 October), the World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for Eradication of Poverty (17 October). As part of their process of identifying and giving recognition to local innovations and innovators, Prolinnova–Cameroon facilitated “Farmer Innovation Matinees”, where farmer innovators presented their work. Also GLEN (Global Education Network) interns from France and Germany presented local innovations that they had recorded.

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Atelier de formation en innovation participative au Cameroun

La plateforme innovation paysanne Prolinnova-Cameroun a organisé les 21, 22 et 23 juillet 2011 une formation en développement participatif de l’innovation (DPI). La formation a eu lieu à Yaoundé capitale du Cameroun en présence des représentants des organisations membres de la plateforme qui sont : ODECO, CRAFEJE, AIDER la CAPEF et le COSADER. Le facilitateur de cette rencontre était le professeur Paul TCHAWA de l’Université de Yaoundé 1.

Farmer-managed research funds highlighted at farmer organisation meeting

The Prolinnova International Secretariat presented experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) to representatives of African farmer organisations, European civil society organisations, research and the private sector at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 27 September 2011. The workshop was organised by the Belgian NGO Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA) in the framework of PAEPARD (Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development). During this meeting, participants explored the roles and complementarities of farmer organisations and other stakeholders in ARD in Africa. CSA invited Prolinnova to bring in the LISF as an example of a mechanism through which smallholder farmers can influence funding, governance and choice of topics in ARD. The PPT presentation “Farmers call the tune: toward a farmer-governed approach to ARD through LISFs” is available as a PDF file.

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