About the Nigeria Country Platform

A meeting of stakeholders in agricultural research and development (ARD) was organised by Development Resource Initiative (DRIVE) on 20 August 2008 to facilitate the establishment of Prolinnova in Nigeria. The meeting was attended by 26 stakeholders drawn from farmers’ groups, NGOs, national research institutes, the national extension system, colleges of agriculture, an association of agricultural input suppliers and international development agencies.

The specific objectives of the meeting were to raise awareness of Prolinnova among stakeholders in ARD, discuss and agree on management structure for the programme and develop a country platform that would shape its implementation in Nigeria. One of the highlights of the meeting was the inauguration of Prolinnova-Nigeria Learning Group, which comprises 26 members from the various stakeholder groups mentioned above.

The formation of the group was underpinned by the commitment made by members to support the implementation of the programme in Nigeria. A team of five members was selected from the Learning Group to take charge of the work to be done, after the larger group has decided on what should be done. The outcomes of the meeting culminated in the admission of Prolinnova-Nigeria into the international Prolinnova community of practice in February 2009. The activities of Prolinnova-Nigeria are anchored on the vision and mission statements developed by members at the meeting:

Vision Statement

A Nigerian society where farmers influence the agricultural research and development agenda for improved livelihoods

Mission Statement

The mission of Prolinnova-Nigeria is to promote the participation of farmers and other stakeholders in agricultural research and development for improved and sustainable livelihoods through the use of Participatory Innovation Development approaches

Objectives of Prolinnova-Nigeria

  1. Identify and document local innovations, innovation processes and innovators among farmers as an entry point for joint investigations in agricultural research and development
  2. Facilitate the establishment of multi-stakeholder platforms for the testing, adoption and utilisation of innovations in agricultural research and development
  3. Build the capacity of members in Participatory Innovation Development approaches
  4. Raise awareness of Participatory Development approaches among policymaking institutions in the agricultural research and development sector
  5. Document lessons learned from implementation of Participatory Innovation Development approaches in Nigeria and share with a wider audience.

Strategic Planning and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop for PROLINNOVA Nigeria

A training report
September 12-16, 2011
Space 2020 Hotel, Kaduna, Nigeria
by Ms. Marissa B. Espineli, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

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Strategic planning and PM&E workshop

In mid-September 2011, the core team in Prolinnova–Nigeria organised a training workshop on strategic planning and participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E). It was held for 5 days in the city of Kaduna. The trainer was Marise Espinelli from the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in the Philippines, a member of the International Support Team. As a new member of the Prolinnova community of practice, Prolinnova–Nigeria faced a challenge of collectively making decisions and monitoring its progress, and therefore requested this training. The workshop discussions helped the network draw up a strategy paper and initial PM&E guidelines.

Nigeria Report 2010

Reports of Innovation Fair on Locally Fabricated Crop Processing Equipment and  Planning Meeting for Joint Experimentation on Improved Maize Planter 

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