News & Reports Archive

  • African & global extension network meetings in Kenya

    Prolinnova was represented by Ann Waters-Bayer of the International Support Team (IST) at the “Showcasing Event” of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) on 12 November 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya, and at the Second Annual Meeting of the Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) on 13–14 November, also in Nairobi. At the AFAAS meeting, Salim Nahdy was appointed the Executive Director; he was previously with the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in Uganda, one of the partners in the Prolinnova–Uganda platform. For own work with multi-stakeholder platform for agricultural research and development, Prolinnova partners worldwide may find particularly useful the AFAAS guidelines for “Establishing and Strengthening AFAAS Country Forums”.

  • Learning in innovation systems in Kenya

    In Kenya, the Prolinnova network and the EU-funded JOLISAA (Joint Learning in Innovation Systems in African Agriculture) project are jointly coordinated by Teresiah Ng'ang'a, based in KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute). At a JOLISAA-Kenya workshop in November 2011, farmers, extension agents and researchers involved in 2 cases of innovation in Baringo District – controlling the invasive weed Prosopis and producing soap from Aloe – learned how to explore jointly the innovation processes and the linkages between all actors. In the next months, the workshop participants will involve still more local actors and university students to assess the cases more deeply and draw lessons about innovation for practice and policy. The workshop report brings initial findings about the 2 cases and about the joint learning during the workshop.

  • Mapping CSOs in agricultural research in Africa

    Some Kenyan and international members of the Prolinnova network attended the INSARD (Including Smallholders in Agricultural Research for Development) workshop held on 19 November 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. INSARD is an EU-funded project seeking to increase the voice of smallholders in decision-making about ARD, including funding, in Africa. The participants reflected on outcomes of a study by Mutizwa Mukute and Tafadzwa Marange of Zimbabwe, who inventorised African and European NGOs and farmer organisations involved in ARD. They also identified ARD agenda-setting bodies and donors, and opportunities for civil-society organisations (CSOs) to influence their decisions. The mapping study and the workshop report in English and French can be found on the INSARD website.

  • Assessing impact of grassroots innovation: Prolinnova–SA paper at GLOBELICS

    Brigid Letty from the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) in South Africa, a member of Prolinnova-South Africa, attended the GLOBELICS (Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems)Conference in Argentina in November 2011. She presented a paper on “Assessing the impact of grassroots innovation in agriculture” (Brigid Letty, Zanele Shezi & Maxwell Mudhara), which explored two cases of grassroots innovation that had been supported through Prolinnova and FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources).

  • Prolinnova at CTA conference: innovation in agricultural extension

    The experience of Prolinnova partners in piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) was presented at a session on “Learning networks” at the international conference "Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services" held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-18 November 2011. The conference was organised by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU) and GFRAS (Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services) to review current policies, thinking and practice in agricultural advisory services and to build a coalition of farmers, development practitioners and policymakers to meet the needs of smallholder farmers.

  • Farmer Innovation matinees at international days in Cameroon

    In mid-October 2011 in Yaoundé, Prolinnova–Cameroon celebrated farmers' innovativeness during three international days: the Rural Women’s Day (15 October), the World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for Eradication of Poverty (17 October). As part of their process of identifying and giving recognition to local innovations and innovators, Prolinnova–Cameroon facilitated “Farmer Innovation Matinees”, where farmer innovators presented their work. Also GLEN (Global Education Network) interns from France and Germany presented local innovations that they had recorded.

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  • Farmer-managed research funds highlighted at farmer organisation meeting

    The Prolinnova International Secretariat presented experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) to representatives of African farmer organisations, European civil society organisations, research and the private sector at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 27 September 2011. The workshop was organised by the Belgian NGO Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA) in the framework of PAEPARD (Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development). During this meeting, participants explored the roles and complementarities of farmer organisations and other stakeholders in ARD in Africa. CSA invited Prolinnova to bring in the LISF as an example of a mechanism through which smallholder farmers can influence funding, governance and choice of topics in ARD. The PPT presentation “Farmers call the tune: toward a farmer-governed approach to ARD through LISFs” is available as a PDF file.

  • Training for farmer-led participatory innovation in Cameroon

    Prolinnova-Cameroon – the most recently established Country Platform (CP) to promote farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID) – organised a PID training workshop on 21-23 July 2011 in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. A total of 18 people (14 men and 4 women) from five local NGOs and professional associations took part. The workshop was facilitated by Professor Paul Tchawa of Yaoundé University I, who had coordinated an earlier programme in Cameroon with a similar purpose: to promote participatory technology development that builds on Indigenous Soil and Water Conservation (ISWC) practices.

    The participants were trained in participatory research and development techniques according to the following programme: identification of farmer innovations and innovators, analysis and prioritisation of local innovations, PID in theory, experience in PID in practice (the night paddock), main Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools needed for PID, visit to the farmer innovator Léonard Enama, and developing an action plan for PID in Cameroon.

  • Prolinnova–Tanzania hosted IPW in March 2011

    Prolinnova–Tanzania hosted IPW in March 2011The annual International Partners Workshop (IPW) was hosted on 21–25 March 2011 by the Prolinnova–Tanzania National Steering Committee and the coordinating NGO PELUM–Tanzania ( About 30 people from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe took part. It was preceded by a “writeshop” on experiences made by eight of the Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs), including the one in Tanzania, in piloting Local Innovation Supports Funds ( 

  • Policy brief: Strengthening local resistence to climate change

    Grassroots innovation in the face of climate change provides a promising starting point for community-led adaptation.
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