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.

Prolinnova-Ghana annual report 2016

In 2016, Prolinnova–Ghana engaged in sharing and learning from field activities of network institutions and NGOs to promote local innovation and Participatory Innovation Development (PID), joint planning and starting up the project “Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FANS), preparing to host IPW 2017, and meetings of the National Steering Committee and Working Group on fundraising and expanding network membership. Key activities and achievements are summarised in the 2016 report.

Proli-FaNS launched in Northern Ghana

A local newspaper article on the launching of the 3-year Proli-FaNS project.

Ghanaian farmer innovation among Top 20

An innovation by the Ghanaian farmer John Akugre, who uses a locally available plant to protect stored onion seed, has been recognised by CTA as one of the Top 20 innovations that benefit smallholder farmers. See the brochure Barakuk: a natural protector for onion seed, documented by the Prolinnova–Ghana member organisation Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office.

Action research on Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR): Ghana’s experience

Prolinnova Ghana has published the findings of the pilot undertaken in promoting local innovation support funds (LISFs) under the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) phase 2 financially supported by Rockefeller Foundation.

This is one is a series of publications by the seven countries that undertook the pilot. It describes the process followed in calling for, selecting and supporting grant applications and in following up on them through regular monitoring and evaluation. It then looks at the results and some early impacts, draws out lessons and challenges and provides some recommendations for sustaining the LISFs beyond the pilot phase. Read the report, Action research on Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR): Ghana’s experience

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