Farmer-Led Documentation: Learning from Prolinnova Experiences

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

Chapter 4: Learning farmer-led documentation in Ethiopia by Fetien Abay, Gebrecherkos Gebregiorgis & Lemlem Hailemichael

Pastoralist Innovation: Prolinnova at Future of Pastoralism conference

Some results of Prolinnova’s exploratory study into local innovation in the face of climate change were presented by Yohannes GebreMichael (University of Addis Ababa) from Prolinnova-Ethiopia at the recent conference on “The Future of Pastoralism in Africa”, held 21–23 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Funding the blue revolution: Worldwatch features LISF-supported farmer innovator

A recent blog from by Molly Theobald from the Worldwatch project Nourishing the Planet features the funding of local innovation in water management, including an example from the piloting of Local Innovation Support Fund supported by Rockefeller Foundation under the Prolinnova umbrella:

Training Ethiopian farmer innovators to do their own documentation in Ambo, Ethiopia!

Farmer innovators who are piloting a Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF) in Ambo, Ethiopia, were recently trained in documenting their own experimentation and innovation. The LISF pilot is being coordinated by the Ethiopian Rural Self-Help Association (ERSHA), a local NGO that is part of the Prolinnova–Ethiopia network. The facilitators of the training were Fetien Abay, a female lecturer at Mekelle University in northern Ethiopia, and Lemlem Hailemichal, a female radio journalist, likewise from Tigray Region. Both had gained experience in farmer-led documentation (FLD) working with women farmer innovators in Tigray in 2008–09. This time, in Ambo, all of their trainees were men, who learned not only about FLD but also about innovation by women farmers.

[Training local innovators in Farmer-Led Documentation in Ambo, Ethiopia; PDF file: 505 KB]

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