News & Reports Archive

  • PROLINNOVA at international workshop on research communication

    In November 2010, Ann Waters-Bayer brought PROLINNOVA perspectives into a 2-day international workshop in London on “Improving the impact of development research through better communication and uptake”. The workshop was organised by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS). The 80 participants were mainly research managers, science communicators, and research and development donors. The main aims were to share innovative approaches to research communication and uptake and to identify opportunities for collaboration. The focus was not limited to agriculture and natural resource management but looked rather at development research more widely. Much emphasis was given to communicating well-founded and well-analysed research evidence to high-level policymakers.

  • Empowering women livestock-keepers to make decisions!

    A member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, Ann Waters-Bayer (ETC Netherlands, Leusden), was a speaker at the "Workshop on Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender2011): From Research to Practice" that the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted on its campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early February. At the workshop, she made a presentation co-authored with Brigid Letty (Natural Resources Institute, Pietermaritzburg), member of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and coordinator of the Prolinnova network in South Africa. In their paper, which was also recently published in the book "The Role of Livestock in Developing Communities", they describe ways to promote gender equality and to empower women through livestock development, including co-management of Local Innovation Support Funds to promote local farmer-led experimentation and innovation.

  • Results of Prolinnova mainstreaming efforts at international level studied!

    Ann Hollemann, a researcher linked to the Centre for International Studies of the Free University of Amsterdam, just finalised her mostly web-based study to explore the extent to which Prolinnova type of concepts and approaches (related to IK, local innovation and PID) are referred to in academic studies as well as in projects and websites of international development organisations. She also interviewed 10 representatives of such organisations. This study was a follow-up to a similar study undertaken in 2006. Comparing present findings with those in 2006 would tell us, so we hoped, whether efforts of Prolinnova and its allies to lobby at the international level had had any impact.

  • U of Mekelle / Prolinnova–Ethiopia at AgKnowledge Share Fair!

    Beyene Tedla from the Local Seed Business (LSB) Project at Mekelle University in Tigray, Ethiopia, attended the AgKnowledge Share Fair organised by ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) in Addis Ababa in late October 2010. There, he took part in various focus groups, such as on collaborative writing, social media, documenting farmers’ knowledge, and women and knowledge. At the Fair, he shared information from various University initiatives, not only LSB but also Women Learning Women, Women and Food Science, and the work of the College of Dryland Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as information on the work of Prolinnova–Ethiopia. And now, after his return, Beyene is sharing with us his enthusiastic report about the “one of a kind” networking and learning event, with several photos, so that we can get a colourful idea of what happened during the Share Fair.

    More information about the Fair can also be found under http://www.sharefair.net

  • Booklet on farmer-led joint research published!

    This is the third in a series of booklets that collect experiences of Prolinnova partners from diverse countries in promoting participatory agricultural research and development in ways that enhance local innovation capacities. The nine case studies in the booklet describe how Prolinnova partners have tried to bring different stakeholders – scientists, extensionists, development agents and others – to support farmers in further improving or adapting innovations. Based on these experiences, the booklet draws some important lessons for ensuring that farmers take the lead in multi-stakeholder processes of agricultural research and development. The booklet can be downloaded at:

    (Prolinnova publication 2010)

  • MSc Study published on experiences in South Africa in changing policies towards acceptance of PID!

    This month Femke van der Lee, until recently MSc student at Wageningen University and Research, finalised her report on the study of policy change processes in the Limpopo Province of South Africa towards integration of participatory approaches in theory and practice: Actors, Politics and Narratives: Policy Change Processes in the Limpopo Department of Agriculture. Based on extensive document study and interviews with all key actors involved in the process she documents the main milestones in this process. Using the policy framework by Scoones and Keeley allows her to analyse the process in more detail in the search for critical factors that explain both success and failures.

  • Inception workshop to build Prolinnova-Cameroon from 23-24 September 2010!

    On 23-24 September 2010, 41 participants (15 women and 26 men) gathered in Yaoundé in a workshop for the launching and planning  of the platform for local farmer-led innovation. The key outcomes of the workshop were:

    • The NGO COSADER has been nominated as spearhead of the platform.
    • A  reflection group with 5 NGOs was formed around COSADER. The other members of the group are AIDER, ODECO, IRAD, CAPEF and CRAFEJE.
    • The Cameroon plan of action was adopted.
    • A declaration named a “Yaounde statement” was adopted.
  • Francophone M&E training in Senegal 19-24 July 2010

    On 19-24 July 2010, 24 participants from Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Mali, Niger and Senegal gathered in Senegal in an international training on participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E). The event was organised by AGRECOL-Afrique, the spearhead of the PROFEIS programme in Senegal. The PM&E was PROFEIS-oriented but two key sessions were included. That is ‘Prolinnova M&E System’ and ‘Network Learning’ [Key outcomes Francophone M&E training; PDF file: 164 KB].

    For more information, see the full French report [Report Francophone M&E training Senegal 2010; PDF file: 889 KB]

  • Fundamentals of agrobiodiversity: promoting local innovation

    Prolinnova partners in Bolivia, Ethiopia and Nepal jointly produced an issue paper in the GTZ series People, Food and Biodiversity, as part of the sector project Sustainable Management of Resources in Agriculture, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (www.gtz.de/en/themen/umwelt-infrastruktur/18501.htm). Entitled "Promoting local innovation in managing agricultural biodiversity", it has been published in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German. It brings examples of local innovation in plant domestication and breeding and in collective action for alternative uses and markets for indigenous plants.

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