Piloting Local Innovation Support Funds under Thematic Projects

LISF case in sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems

The case of Local Innovation Support Funds (LISF), funded by Rockefeller Foundation and implemented by eight Prolinnova Country Platforms in Africa and Asia, has been highlighted in the recently launched World Bank sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems. The paper “Providing farmers with direct access to innovation funds” was written by Bernard Triomphe, Mariana Wongtschowski, Anton Krone, Ann Waters-Bayer, David Lugg & Laurens van Veldhuizen.

Farmer-managed research funds highlighted at farmer organisation meeting

The Prolinnova International Secretariat presented experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) to representatives of African farmer organisations, European civil society organisations, research and the private sector at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 27 September 2011. The workshop was organised by the Belgian NGO Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA) in the framework of PAEPARD (Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development). During this meeting, participants explored the roles and complementarities of farmer organisations and other stakeholders in ARD in Africa. CSA invited Prolinnova to bring in the LISF as an example of a mechanism through which smallholder farmers can influence funding, governance and choice of topics in ARD. The PPT presentation “Farmers call the tune: toward a farmer-governed approach to ARD through LISFs” is available as a PDF file.

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:

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