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About the Prolinnova-Ghana platform

Development organisations and researchers working in rural communities have often failed to base intervention technologies and approaches on small-scale farmers’ innovative capacities and active participation in the context of local production systems and practices on which they have depended for decades for their livelihoods. External technologies have often failed because of their dependence on high external inputs and expertise. Prolinnova–Ghana was established in 2004 as part of the global Prolinnova network to strengthen development processes of agricultural research and development (ARD) stakeholders in promoting low-external-input and environmentally sound agricultural technologies and participatory development approaches with rural communities.

PID with women in Ghana to improve nutritional value of local foods

Neina Naginpoan, a female small-scale farmer in northern Ghana, did her own experimentation with a local dish “wasawasa”, traditionally made from steamed yam flour, and made it instead from maize flour and powder from the yellow pulp of the dawadawa (Parkia biglobosa) fruit. She sells the food to schoolchildren and on the local market. Neina and some neighbouring women worked together with a female nutrition expert from the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale and a female expert in Women in Agricultural Development and a male extension officer from the Yendi Municipal Department of Agriculture to experiment with different variations on her innovation. They sought to overcome difficulties of scarcity of dawadawa at certain times of the year and to improve the nutritional value of the dish. This 10-page report describes the process of participatory innovation development (PID) on the local food innovation.

Proli-FaNS in Ghana: Year 3 report

Prolinnova-Ghana is proud to present its report on the third year (Aug. 2018 - Sept 2019) of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project. It describes the newest cases of joint experimentation on local innovations in food processing and preservation and ethnoveterinary medicine to treat African swine fever, and the recognition given by district government to women innovators. It summarises achievements in the course of the three year in terms of farmer-led research, documentation of local innovation and advocacy to mainstream the PID approach. It also includes a summary of the findings of the external evaluation of the project. The report can be found here.

Local social innovation to protect trees in northern Ghana

Within the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project, partners in Prolinnova-Ghana are identifying local innovations that improve food and nutrition security directly and indirectly. The 3-page document Social innovation for protecting trees in Kabre Community in Bongo District, Ghana” describes a local institutional innovation called the Tisenaaba or “Tree Chief” that was developed by a rural community in northern Ghana to prevent destruction of trees – especially economic trees that support the livelihoods of women and their families by providing fruits, nuts and leaves.

Improving sheabutter processing in Bongo District

Within the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project, partners in Prolinnova-Ghana are identifying local innovations that improve food and nutrition security and are facilitating processes of farmer-led joint research. The 3-page document Improving sheabutter processing and marketing to benefit rural women in the Bongo District of Ghana” presents a local innovation by Ms Nsobila Atinabono in processing sheabutter. It describes the collaboration between the Asongtaba Women’s Group, of which the innovator is a member, with the local NGO NABOCADO and the Bongo District Department of Agriculture in improving the processing and marketing of the women’s sheabutter.

Proli-FaNS activities in Ghana in early 2019

The report on activities of Prolinnova-Ghana in early 2019 (January–April) in the third year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project can be found here. It covers farmer-led research at the Bongo and Yendi action-learning site in northern Ghana, documentation and other activities such as farmer innovation fairs to share the results and processes of farmer-led joint experimentation, and advocacy for institutionalisation of the approach.

Proli-FaNS quarterly report May-July 2018

September 2018

The May–July 2018 progress report for Proli-FaNS - coordinated by ACDEP/Ghana - gives an overview of activities and achievements of the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya; of the subregional coordinators for West & Central Africa and for Eastern & Southern Africa; and of the International Support Team.

Exploring local innovation in animal health

In May 2018, Swiss scientists from TPA (Tropical and Public Health Institute) made a quick inventory of some local innovations in animal health treatments in Burkina Faso and Ghana with a view to studying their effectiveness in terms of health and productivity. TPA and the Prolinnova platforms in the two countries are exploring possible collaboration, focusing on anti-parasitic and anti-microbial plants.

Women in northern Ghana improve locally made soap

The documentation team of ACDEP, the host NGO of Prolinnova-Ghana, has produced a video film on how a women’s group in Yendi in northern Ghana improved its artisanal soap by using local herbs and other materials to give the soap new colours and shapes. They did this to meet the changing demands of local customers and have thus gained higher incomes that allow the women to purchase foodstuffs. The women developed this innovation in a process of farmer-led joint experimentation, working together with rural advisory agents, as part of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting Local Innovation for Food & Nutrition Security) project supported by Misereor / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid (KZE).

Link for the video: https://youtu.be/n8iUy_q_Pg4

Ghanaian women improve shea butter through PID

Prolinnova–Ghana, through the Promoting Local Innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS) project with funding from Misereor in Germany, is supporting the Asongtaaba No 1 Women’s Group in Tamoliga community in the Bongo District of Ghana to improve the quality and market for their shea butter through Participatory Innovation Development or PID.

Shea-butter extraction is one of the major income-generating activities of the women in the district. However, the poor quality of the shea butter previously produced by the group had affected the price and rate at which it was sold in the market.

But working in partnership with extension staff of NABOCADO, a local NGO, and the Department of Food and Agriculture through a PID process, the women have now increased the quality, volume and market for their shea butter, thereby improving their income status and livelihood security.

See a video film about the process here: https://youtu.be/oFXE2KBFN48

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