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Introduction

Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) is a three-year project (1 August 2016 to 31 July 2019) being implemented in five African countries in the international Prolinnova network – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya – with funding from Misereor/Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. (Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid – KZE, Germany) through a grant from the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Proli-FaNS quarterly report May-July 2018

The May–July 2018 progress report for Proli-FaNS 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.

West & Central Africa coordinator’s contribution to Proli-FaNS Year 2

In the 2nd year of implementing the “Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS) project (August 2017 - July 2018), the Prolinnova Platform for West & Central Africa (WCA) played its part in seeking to achieve the overall objectives of the project. In this report in French and English, the Subregional Coordinator (SRC) for WCA recalls the SRC’s main tasks and responsibilities and describes his achievements in Year 2 in terms of policy dialogue and networking, documentation, M&E, South–South backstopping and fundraising; lessons learned; and challenges and perspectives for Year 3.

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

Report of the Proli-FaNS partners meeting, May 2018

Methodist Resort and Conference Centre
Nairobi, Kenya
22 - 24 May 2018

PDF file; 545KB 

 

Proli-FaNs quarterly report February–April 2018

Tamale, June 2018

The Feb–April 2018 quarterly progress report for Proli-FaNS gives an overview of activities and achievements of the partners: the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya; the subregional coordinators for West & Central Africa and for Eastern & Southern Africa; and the International Support Team.

PDF file; 1.3 MB 

PROLINNOVA–KENYA ANNUAL REPORT 2017

Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) reports on its activities in 2017, which mainly revolved around the project “Promoting Local Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS), in its second of three years. This builds on experiences of PK over previous years, e.g. in the FAIR and CLIC–SR initiatives under the Prolinnova umbrella, to show the value of an alternative approach to agricultural research and development (ARD) – an approach that starts with recognising and valuing community assets, especially small-scale farmers’ creativity in their own efforts to experiment and innovate so as to deal with new problems or opportunities. Other actors in agricultural research, extension and education are thus motivated and encouraged to support farmers’ initiatives in ways that strengthen local capacities to innovate and adapt.

Link to Kenya report 2017 (PDF file; 852 KB)

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

Proli-FaNS progress report Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

The second year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) is well underway. The quarterly report for the period November 2017 to January 2018 gives a concise overview of progress in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, particularly the innovations identified and the processes of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) that have been commenced. See the report: Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS).

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