About the Ethiopia Country Platform

Prolinnova–Ethiopia is a national platform to create space and provide a conducive environment for recognising and enriching local innovation processes in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM).

It aims to scale up and integrate Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approaches in governmental and non-governmental organisations concerned with agricultural and NRM research, extension, education and training. Its overall objective is to contribute to enhancing food security, safeguarding the environment and improving rural and urban livelihoods based on sustainable use of natural resources.

African farmer innovation in biopesticides against fall armyworm

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda, FAW) has recently appeared in Africa, where it is threatening food security, as it infests maize, which is a staple crop in many countries. Farmer innovators in Ethiopia and Tanzania (among surely many others) are trying out different ways to combat this new pest. The 4-page report “Towards farmer-led bio-management of fall armyworm in Tanzania” describes how a group of small-scale farmers in Tanzania has been trying out a sugar solution, pig fat oil and palm oil as substances to attract ants as a bio-control agent in maize infested with FAW. The 4-page report “Biopesticide to control fall armyworm: local innovation by Gebreyesus Tesfay” describes how a small-scale farmer innovator in northern Ethiopia developed a biopesticide against FAW.

Proli-FaNS activities in Ethiopia: Aug-Nov 2018

The Prolinnova-Ethiopia coordinator, Ms Beza Kifle, compiled a report on the activities of the Country Platform within the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project covering the period August-November 2018. The report can be found here.

Year 2 of Proli-FaNS in Ethiopia

Prolinnova-Ethiopia (PE) is one of the five Country Platforms (CPs) that is involved in on-the-ground activities in Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS). The CP coordinator Ms Beza Kifle reports here on the PE activities and achievements in Year 2 of this project.

Quarterly Proli-FaNS report by new coordinator in Ethiopia

The new coordinator of Prolinnova-Ethiopia, Ms Beza Kifle, started work in May 2018. Her first report on the activities of the Country Platform in the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project for the period May-July 2018 can be found here.

Compilation of PID Cases

A total of eight cases of farmer-led joint experimentation in agriculture or NRM – two from each of the four Country Platforms involved – were brought together in the publication

CLIC-SR completion workshop in Ethiopia

After having completed the CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research) project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Prolinnova–Ethiopia organised a national stakeholders meeting. The objectives were to present and discuss the outcomes of the project, to assess the contribution of small-scale farmer innovation to agricultural research and development in Ethiopia, and to define the way forward for the Prolinnova–Ethiopia network.

A report on the workshop can be found here.

Report on Prolinnova–Ethiopia activities in 2014–15

A 16-page report summarising the main activities of Prolinnova–Ethiopia in the years 2014 and 2015, focused primarily on the work under the CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research) project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in Tigray and Amhara Regions.

Mainstreaming PID in policy & practice: national dialogue in Ethiopia

In April 2015, Prolinnova–Ethiopia (PE) held a national workshop in Addis Ababa to share the results of the CLIC–SR project with relevant organisations that could have the capacity and interest to take some of the ideas forward. Presentations by farmer innovators from the two CLIC-SR project areas played a great role in influencing other participants who were not used to seeing farmers speaking in such a high-level meeting.

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