IPW 2017 to be held in Ghana

Prolinnova-Ghana is hosting this year’s International Partners Workshop (IPW). ACDEP (Association of Church-based Development Projects), the NGO that coordinates the multistakeholder Country Platform (CP) in Ghana, is handling the overall coordination of the meeting, which will be held at the University of Development Studies Conference Centre in Tamale, northern Ghana, on 15-18 May.

The first three days will be the partners meeting, followed by an (optional) field visit on Thursday 18 May. We will also piggyback other meetings before and after the IPW, on 13-14 May and 19 May, e.g. of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and other Prolinnova initiatives such as Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security).

The costs have to be borne by the participants.CP coordinators in Africa, Asia and the Andes are selecting two nominees from each CP to attend the IPW 2017 and are seeking funding for their participation, if there is no confirmed budget already from other projects. Also the POG members are being creative in finding ways to get to Tamale.

The programme for the IPW is being drawn up through a participatory process and will include topics that network partners deem interesting and relevant. The opening session will be a policy-influencing event together with a marketplace of resources about experiences in the different countries. We will also give attention to local innovation and farmer-led participatory research for food and nutrition security, with a focus on gender issues, drawing on ongoing activities of several Prolinnova Country Platforms.

The two new Subregional Coordinators of the Prolinnova platforms in West & Central Africa and in Eastern & Southern Africa will be introduced and welcomed into the Prolinnova family. A major focus in the meeting will be on strengthening policy dialogue to create enabling conditions for farmer-led research and development.