News & Reports Archive

  • 2011 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (21-27 March 2011)

    The 2011 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop took place 21–27 March 2011 in Tanzania, with the Prolinnova-Tanzania National Steering Committee and coordinating NGO PELUM-Tanzania hosting the event.

  • IIRR joins ETC in Conducting a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Training for Prolinnova Partners

    IIRR and ETC (Prolinnova Secretariat) conducted a training course on participatory monitoring and evaluation for 23 of its partners based in 2 countries in Asia (Nepal and Cambodia) and 9 countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania). Six of the 23 participants are female. There are 20 partner organizations represented during the course. The workshop was financed by PSO, an association of Dutch development organizations.

  • Funding the blue revolution: Worldwatch features LISF-supported farmer innovator

    A recent blog from by Molly Theobald from the Worldwatch project Nourishing the Planet features the funding of local innovation in water management, including an example from the piloting of Local Innovation Support Fund supported by Rockefeller Foundation under the Prolinnova umbrella:

  • LISF showcased at international symposium on innovation and agriculture

    Experiences of Prolinnova partners were presented at the international symposium on Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food (ISDA) held on 28–30 June 2010 in Montpellier, southern France, as part of Hot Topic 4 “Acting collectively: what kinds of institutions, policies and forms of governance can strengthen society’s capacity for resilience”. The paper entitled “Towards a farmer-governed approach to agricultural research for development: lessons from international experiences with Local Innovation Support Funds” written by Mariana Wongtschowski, Bernard Triomphe (CIRAD), Anton Krone, Ann Waters-Bayer and Laurens van Veldhuizen, came in the session on “Financing innovation for sustainability”. It can be found on the conference website under http://www.isda2010.net/var/isda2010/storage/original/application/dbd28c.... During the presentation made by Ann, the LISF experiences in Ambo, Ethiopia, were highlighted [ISDA_presentation LISF; PDF file: 805 KB] and sparked off several questions and comments, also from Prolinnova research partners in Uganda and Kenya who were also at the symposium. 

  • Keynote on Pastoralist Innovation and Climate Change at International Conference in Kenya!

    A member of the Prolinnova–Ethiopia Working Group – Yohannes GebreMichael from Addis Ababa University – represented the international Prolinnova network at an international conference on “Pastoralism and climate change adaptation in Africa” held on 24–28 May 2010 at Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya.

  • Training local innovators in Farmer-Led Documentation in Ambo, Ethiopia!

    Farmer innovators who are piloting a Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF) in Ambo, Ethiopia, were recently trained in documenting their own experimentation and innovation. The LISF pilot is being coordinated by the Ethiopian Rural Self-Help Association (ERSHA), a local NGO that is part of the Prolinnova–Ethiopia network. The facilitators of the training were Fetien Abay, a female lecturer at Mekelle University in northern Ethiopia, and Lemlem Hailemichal, a female radio journalist, likewise from Tigray Region. Both had gained experience in farmer-led documentation (FLD) working with women farmer innovators in Tigray in 2008–09. This time, in Ambo, all of their trainees were men, who learned not only about FLD but also about innovation by women farmers.

  • Policy Influencing Worskhop: Institute for Natural Resources/Prolinnova South Africa!

    Following the RUAF/Prolinnova -organised workshop on “Influencing and Assisting National Policy Processes” held at Doorn, The Netherlands from 10-12 October 2009, Prolinnova SA organised a country workshop to broaden the understanding of policy influencing, mainly amongst its National Steering Committee members, and to begin planing how go about it. Attached is the report by the Workshop Facilitator.

  • An increasing number of institutions, research and development projects using PID and other Prolinnova tools in implementing their activities with their own resources!

    Since 2009, it is noted that there is an increasing number of institutions, research and development projects using PID and other Prolinnova tools in implementing their activities with their own resources. Among others, in Niger there are INRAN, PPILDA, Faculty of Agronomy, NGO CDLD Gaya, Farmer Platforms and Misereor partners.

    An important transborders (Niger and Nigeria) development project, Kano-Katsina-Maradi (KKM) of the Sub Sahara Africa Challenge Program (SSA CP) has engagedProlinnova Niger and one of its partners PPILDA Aguie to train their members in PID and PPILDA approach in a 3-day regional workshop. The project was funded by Africa Agricultural Research Forum (FARA).

  • First National Farmer Innovator Conference organised by MAFF from 10 to 11 February 2010!

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) organized the first national farmer innovator conference 10-11 February in Phnom Penh. CEDAC was invited to participate in this conference as a guest.

    The objectives of the conference were to: 1) enable farmer to share their innovations with each other as well as with MAFF officials; and 2) select the best farmer innovators for the national awards.

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