News & Reports Archive

  • PID workshop in Limpopo Province, South Africa

    Prolinnova–South Africa held a three-day workshop (30 Nov–2 Dec 2005) on Participatory Innovation Development (PID) in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, in northern South Africa. It was the first in a learning sequence that continues with fieldwork in the participants' working areas and a second workshop in early 2006. A total of 34 people (24 men, 10 women) took part. Of these, six were farmers (4 men, 2 women) from Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provinces. The other participants came from the Limpopo Department of Agriculture, the Universities of Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Sustainable Rural Livelihood (SRL) Division and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The workshop was designed to stimulate exchange between stakeholders about the role of local innovation and experimentation in agricultural research and development, primarily in Limpopo Province, and to encourage organisation of farmer innovators to promote local innovation. A similar learning sequence took place in KZN Province last year and led to publication of a catalogue of farmers' innovations.

  • Participatory extension in the Pacific

    The first ever extension summit for the Pacific, organised by the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) and its “Development of Sustainable Agriculture” project, was held in Tonga on 21–25 November 2005. Laurens van Veldhuizen of ETC EcoCulture gave a keynote address on institutionalising participatory research and extension. He also made a presentation on modern information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate international learning in the Prolinnova programme. This was prepared with the support of Dorine Ruter, ICT specialist at ETC. Two representative from the Pacific Islands plan to join the upcoming international Prolinnova workshop to be held in 6–10 March 2006 in Cambodia.

  • Starting FAIR – Local Innovation Support Funds

    The coordinator of FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources), Anton Krone of Prolinnova -South Africa, was in Montpellier, France, in mid-October 2005 taking part in a meeting of coordinators of the twelve projects that have won support from the DURAS (Promoting Sustainable Development in Agricultural Research Systems) Competitive Grant Scheme. DURAS is a research-for-development programme under the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and is funded by the French Government. At the meeting in Montpellier , the project coordinators learned about each other's activities and approaches, and discussed project monitoring, reporting and evaluation. More information about the workshop can be found at the DURAS website.

  • Global Learning Opportunity

    From 27 October to 7 November 2005, Tim Hart and Chris Opondo were in Rome, Italy, at the 18th International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) Symposium on "Farming Systems and Poverty: Making a Difference – Global Learning Opportunity" (or "GLO" for short) to present papers on African farmers' innovations and explore possibilities for collaboration in development-oriented research in Africa. Tim is from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and a member of the Core Team of Prolinnova– South Africa. Chris Opondo, from the African Highlands Initiative (AHI), is an associate of Prolinnova -Uganda. Both received partial funding for their participation through the international Prolinnova programme; they raised further funds through IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and the Kirkland Trust Fund Scotland. 

  • Prolinnova at GFAR and CGIAR 2005 meetings, Dec 2005

    Betty del Rosario, Chair of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), attended the Annual Meeting of the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) to present an update on the  Prolinnova programme. The meeting took place 1-4 December 2005 in Marrakesh, Morocco, immediately before the Annual General Meeting of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). Betty is Assistant Executive Secretary with APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions), based in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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  • Guidelines on some issues of IPRs in Prolinnova, Nov 2005

    The Prolinnova partners have been discussing issues of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for some time. The Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) has now agreed on some basic guidelines for "Fair recognition of Prolinnova partners' contributions" and "Documentation to hold local innovations in the public domain". This text is not meant to be the "last word" on this topic but rather a basis for action and further reflection and possibly revision over time.  The proviso in bold italics at the bottom of the guidelines is adapted from "copyleft" statements. For more information about “copyleft”, see This refers to innovation in software development but Prolinnova is trying to apply the same principle to promote innovation systems in agriculture and natural resource management. more... (MS Word file: size : 25 KB)

  • PM&E in Participatory Research and Gender Analysis, Oct 2005

    A member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, Marise Espineli of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), was invited by the Participatory Research and Gender Analysis (PRGA) systemwide programme of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) to present the process of designing participatory monitoring and evaluation in Prolinnova at the Impact Assessment Workshop held on October 19-21, 2005 at the CIMMYT headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico.


    More than 30 participants representing CG centers and NGOs located in Asia, Africa and Latin America were invited to the workshop. There were 30 papers presented to cover various themes on Impact Assessment. These papers were presented in 8 session groups. These are:

  • Evaluation of partnership-building in the GPPs, Oct 2005

    The GFAR Global Partnership Programmes (GPPs) are currently being reviewed by a two-person team composed of Oumar Niangado (Mali) and Julian Gonsalves (India). The multi-stakeholder partnership-building process in the  Prolinnova programme is receiving special attention. The evaluation team members have already visited the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Uganda and Nepal and  will be visiting the Cambodia Country Platform in December 2005. Julian Gonsalves meets with the Chair of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), Betty del Rosario, in Marrakesh, Morocco, in early December. A stakeholder workshop on the GPP evaluation will be held 25-27 January 2006 in Rome. This will be attended by Yaing Sang Koma of Prolinnova-Cambodia and Laurens van Veldhuizen of ETC-EcoCulture, a member of the Prolinnova International Support Team.

  • Benefits for the poor from high-value farm products?, Oct 2005

    Getenesh Sintayehu, a member of the National Steering Committee for PROFIEET (Promoting Farmer Innovation and Experimentation in Ethiopia, as the Prolinnova Country Programme calls itself there), attended a workshop on 3-5 October 2005 about “How Can the Poor Benefit from the Growing Markets for High-Value Agricultural Products?”. The workshop was organised by the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) and the Science Council of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) and was hosted by CIAT (International Centre for Tropical Agriculture) in Cali, Colombia. Getenesh is Programme Manager with SOS-Sahel Ethiopia. Her participation in the workshop was funded by the GFAR. More information about the workshop can be found under

  • Convergence of Sciences, Oct 2005

    Jean-Marie Diop from ETC Ecoculture attended a workshop on the “Convergence of Sciences” project, held on 25-28 October 2005 in Cape Coast, Ghana. This project, facilitated by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, is building capacity in Africa to develop sustainable agriculture through multi-stakeholder consultation, action and social learning. His participation was financed by CTA (Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU). Jean-Marie backstops the Prolinnova programmes in Niger and Sudan, and is – together with Bara Guèye from IED Afrique (Innovations, Environnement et Développement en Afrique) in Senegal – developing a francophone programme in West Africa called PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel). For more information, contact or

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