FaReNE writeshop in Mali documents 3 years of experience

The Farmer Research Network (FaReNe) project is a joint project of Prolinnova partners in Burkina Faso and Mali with financial support from the McKnight Foundation and technical support from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), host of the Prolinnova international secretariat. It looks at how best to organise and use farmer-led innovation approaches, such as Participatory Innovation Development (PID), Local Innovation Support Facility/Fund (LISF) and farmer networking, and how these can contribute to agro-ecological intensification. Approaching the end of the current funding cycle, key members of the partner organisations from the two countries – NGO staff, researchers and farmer organisation representatives – met for a writeshop to document their three years of experiences, share and analyse these together, and work towards well-written papers.

Hosted by ADAF-Gallè, the writeshop took place in Bamako from 30 October to 2 November with facilitation support by Geneviève Audet-Belanger and Laurens van Veldhuizen of KIT. Participants decided to develop three papers per country, each covering one of the three main components of FaReNE: PID, LISF and farmer networking. During the workshop, participants developed paper outlines, gave and received feedback, developed first draft content in the form of bullet points followed by another round of feedback and finally wrote first drafts of full-text papers. All papers are being reviewed for publishing as part of one joint publication and as individual papers.