News & Reports Archive

  • Has PID been institutionalised in Tigray Region of Ethiopia?

    After having done her Masters thesis research for Wageningen University on institutionalising Participator Innovation Development (PID) in Cambodia (see, Fanos Mekonnen Berhe went back to her home country, Ethiopia, and did a similar study in Tigray Regional State. On behalf of Prolinnova-Ethiopia, Fanos looked at how the concepts and practices of promoting local innovation and farmer-led joint research have been integrated into the thinking and work of government staff at regional level and district level. For this analysis, she used a theory-of-change framework that covers technical, political and cultural aspects within the organisation. She also applied stakeholder analysis to understand the interaction of governmental and non-governmental organisations and innovative famers. Her detailed observations, conclusions and recommendations give insight into the factors that trigger or hinder the institutionalisation of PID and contribute to planning the way ahead.

  • Initiative to set up PROLINNOVA–India

    At the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) meeting in Tanzania in late March 2011, a proposal from INHERE (Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and Education) was accepted to initiate a Prolinnova platform in India. INHERE will carry out a series of multi-stakeholder consultations for developing regional collaborative action plans to promote agricultural research and innovation for development in different agro-ecological zones of India. It seeks full participation and voice for smallholders in research and policymaking on agriculture, leading to prosperity for resource-poor agriculture producers. This means recognition of their knowledge and innovation efforts, proper use of public funds and increase in net income of poor producers. Workshops in different zones of the country will be held to create awareness of farmer innovation and to initiate multi-stakeholder collaboration to promote farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID) based on issues of relevance and interest to smallholders in the respective zones. Lead organisations of the core groups in each zone that are facilitating this collaboration will come together to form a task force at national level.

  • Prolinnova contribution to 2011 State of the World

    In the book 2011 State of the World: Innovations that nourish the planet recently published by the Wordwatch Institute in Washington DC, Prolinnova contributed a chapter on ‘Farmers take the lead in research and development’ (authors: Brigid Letty, Qureish Noordin, Saidou Magagi and Ann Waters-Bayer).

  • Pastoralist Innovation: Prolinnova at Future of Pastoralism conference

    Some results of Prolinnova’s exploratory study into local innovation in the face of climate change were presented by Yohannes GebreMichael (University of Addis Ababa) from Prolinnova-Ethiopia at the recent conference on “The Future of Pastoralism in Africa”, held 21–23 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


    In 2010, UNU-Merit (a research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University (UM), based in southeast Netherlands), with support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), circulated a call for proposals for the development of case studies of innovation processes in Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa. The purpose of the initiative was to build the capacity of the project teams regarding innovation processes and the use of indicators for tracking and measuring innovation processes.

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