About Prolinnova

PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM  

VISION:    A world where women and men farmers play decisive roles in agricultural research and development for sustainable livelihoods

In several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, diverse organisations have joined forces to promote local innovation processes in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM). After analysing their own experiences in agricultural research and development (ARD), they formed Country Platforms (CPs), designed their own programmes and agreed on joint international activities for mutual learning and policy dialogue. This Global Partnership Programme (GPP) is a community of practice that is built from the bottom up, in the spirit of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).

Prolinnova is an NGO-initiated international multistakeholder platform to promote local innovation processes in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM. It focuses on recognising the dynamics of indigenous knowledge (IK) and enhancing capacities of farmers (including pastoralists, fishers and forest dwellers) to adjust to change – to develop their own site-appropriate systems and institutions of resource management so as to gain food security, sustain their livelihoods and safeguard the environment. The essence of sustainability lies in the capacity to adapt.

The network builds on and scales up farmer-led approaches to participatory development that start with finding out how farmers create new and better ways of doing things. Understanding the rationale behind local innovation transforms how research and extension agents view local people. This experience stimulates interest on both sides to enter into joint action. Local ideas are further developed in a process that integrates IK and scientific knowledge. Joint action and analysis lead to social learning.

The multistakeholder CPs interact in subregional or regional platforms in Eastern & Southern Africa, West & Central Africa, Asia and the Andes (see "Contact Us"). There is also a Northern Focal Point in Germany (Agrecol Association for AgriCulture & Ecology).

Prolinnova publications and Working Papers

Contact us

Prolinnova strategy 2016–20

     Full document in English (22 pages)

     Main points in English (2 pages)

     Summary in English (4 pages)

     Summary in French (5 pages)

     Summary in Spanish (5 pages)

Prolinnova update August 2019 English version (PDF; 329 KB)

Prolinnova update January 2017 French version (PDF; 378 KB) 

Prolinnova update June 2015 Portuguese version (PDF; 802 KB) 

Prolinnova update January 2017 Spanish version (PDF; 291 KB)

Prolinnova poster May 2012 (PDF; 979 KB)