Climate Change and PID Programme

CLIC-SR 2013 coordination & co-learning meeting

The Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda held a one-day regional project meeting for coordination of and co-learning from CLIC–SR (Combining Local innovation Capacities with Scientific Research) funded by Rockefeller Foundation, USA. Makonge Righa (World Neighbors, Prolinnova–Kenya), Marise Espineli (International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, IIRR) and Wim Hiemstra & Ann Waters-Bayer from ETC Foundation / Prolinnova International Secretariat organised the meeting.

The four main topics covered were:

1) Field studies on local perceptions of and responses to change: methods, process experienced, challenges, opportunities identified, main lessons

Climate Change, Innovation & Gender (CCIG)

Prolinnova and the CGIAR Research Program on CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) are collaborating in exploring the linkages between innovation and climate-change mitigation and adaptation through a gender lens. This work involves a workshop to be held in Cambodia in April 2013 plus follow-on collaboration to support women smallholder farmers' innovation in several countries.

Prolinnova and CCAFS linking knowledge to action

The Prolinnova international network, hosted by ETC Foundation, has entered into a partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to explore approaches that enhance knowledge-to-action linkages among actors in agricultural innovation systems. The initiative, in collaboration with scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on behalf of CCAFS, commenced in October 2012 with a 3-month inception period to plan collaboration in 2013-15.

Rockefeller Foundation supports new initiative in eastern Africa: CLIC-SR

Drawing on its experiences of promoting farmer-led joint innovation, the international Prolinnova network is applying this approach in building local adaptive capacities and strengthening community resilience to change, including climate change (CC). Rockefeller Foundation has approved a proposal by the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for a 3-year project that aims to:

GFAR/New Agriculturist – article on climate sustainable agriculture

Prolinnova’s experiences in climate change adaption through strengthening the adaptive capacity of rural communities appeared in an article published in the New Agriculturist in collaboration with GFAR, as a means of spreading the news of how agricultural research and innovation is helping meet development challenges and improving the lives of the poor. Here is the link:

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.

Strengthening local resilience to climate change: the role of grassroots adaptation and PID

Prolinnova contribution to study day on strengthen local resilience to climate change

On 25 January 2012, Laurens van Veldhuizen from the Prolinnova International Secretariat attended a study day on community-based adaptation to climate change organised  by Germany-based Misereor. He presented the findings of the initial work on local innovation and climate-change adaptation undertaken by partners in Nepal, Niger and Ethiopia and outlined how a participatory innovation development (PID) approach can help strengthen local adaptive capacities. His PowerPoint presentation - incorporating some of the comments and findings from the discussions during the study day - can be found here: PDF File; size: 913 KB

Policy brief: Strengthening local resistence to climate change

Grassroots innovation in the face of climate change provides a promising starting point for community-led adaptation.
(PDF file; size : 163 KB)

Useful Links

This list is intended to provide links to related networks, bibliographic sources, databases, and other organisations that are in some way involved in the dynamics of indigenous knowledge, promoting local/farmer innovation and institutionalisation of participatory innovation development approaches. While acknowledging that there are many other possible contacts and links to be added, especially if we consider the broader themes of participatory research and development, we seek here to provide a fairly concise and accessible list of organisations that have direct linkages and affinity with our initiative.

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