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Piloting Local Innovation Support Funds under Thematic Projects

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) 2 in South Africa: findings and lessons learnt

Prolinnova South Africa was one of the seven countries that piloted local innovation support funds (LISFs) under the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The report Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) 2 in South Africa: findings and lessons learnt captures some of the key experiences and lessons of the pilot. It discusses some of the challenges of operationalising innovation funds at community level and provides several recommendations for ensuring that the LISFs are sustained and further strengthened.

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources: experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds in Uganda

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources: experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds in Uganda is a report by Prolinnova-Uganda on a 3-year pilot under the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) project funded by Rockefeller Foundation. It looks at the structure of FAIR in Uganda, the functioning of LISFs in the Ugandan context, M&E of the pilot and challenges faced in establishing and running innovation funds at local level. The report describes some steps toward institutionalising the LISF and gives some recommendations for ensuring its sustainability.

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

Report on Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania

As the second in a series of country reports presenting the findings and lessons learnt in the action research on Local Innovation Support Funds, Prolinnova-Tanzania is proud to announce its recent publication FAIR Lessons learnt on facilitating Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania. It describes and assesses the structure, functioning, process and results of LISFs in the Southern Highlands and Central Zone of Tanzania. In its concluding chapters, it points to a number of opportunities as well as potential barriers for upscaling the successfully piloted LISF approach within larger agricultural development and research programmes and organisations in the country.

Experiences with farmer-managed innovation funds in Kenya

The report Farmer Access to Innovation Resources: experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds in Kenya describes and assesses the structure, functioning, process and results of LISFs in four pilot sites in Eastern and Western Kenya. The report includes the main findings of a participatory impact assessment and draws lessons for improving and scaling up this grassroots-innovation funding mechanism in other parts of the country. This document is a product of joint learning within the Prolinnova-Kenya multi-stakeholder platform about ways of changing the balance of power in decision-making about decentralised agricultural research and development.

FAIR in Kenya: County workshops for local fund management committees

In April–May 2012, Prolinnova–Kenya facilitated two 3-day workshops for the Local Steering Committees of the Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) in Eastern Region and Western Region. The workshops allowed the sharing of lessons from other Prolinnova Country Platforms piloting LISFs, discussion of challenges faced in piloting LISFs in Kenya and participatory assessment of how the LISFs were used and managed. The Local Steering Committees then discussed strategies for sustaining LISFs in their counties in the future and how to going about realising this. See the combined report here.

McKnight Foundation workshop - LISF as social innovation

PowerPoint presentation (PDF file: 813 KB)

McKnight Foundation invited Ann Waters-Bayer from the Prolinnova IST to join as a resource person in their Leadership Meeting for the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP). The meeting (30 July - 1 August 2012 in Minneapolis) was designed to share diverse approaches to social innovation that can support technical innovation. One example was the LISF piloted by Prolinnova partners in 8 countries in Africa and Asia. Ann gave a presentation on “Linking technical and social innovation in Prolinnova”, which stimulated interest of some McKnight Foundation research leaders to seek closer linkages with members of the Prolinnova community of practice.

Sharing LISF experiences at Coady Institute, Canada

Coady International Institute at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, invited Ann Waters-Bayer of the Prolinnova IST to speak about “Investing in farmers’ creativity”,  On 5 June 2012, Ann shared with staff and students of the university the experiences and lessons from the Prolinnova CPs that are piloting LISFs. After the presentation, Mr David Fletcher, Coady’s Coordinator of Education Programmes, facilitated a discussion on stimulating farmer-led innovation and experimentation. This involved a panel composed of Ms Bernie Dolly, Director of Inkhala Trust in South Africa; Ms Brianne Peters from Coady International Institute; and Mr Kevin Bekkers, Agricultural Resource Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. The video recording of Ann’s presentation can be found under http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUSAr5NDiPk

Strategising and preparing for upscaling LISFs

Report on the International FAIR Partners Meeting, Bamako, Mali, 9-10 March 2012
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