News & Reports Archive

  • Yang Saing Koma, Prolinnova–Cambodia Country Coordinator, receives Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012!!!

    We, as the growing family of Prolinnova in 20 countries, join hands to offer hearty congratulations to Yang Saing Koma of Cambodia on receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsayay Award for 2012. Congratulations are also extended to the team at CEDAC Cambodia, who are committed to serving the smallholder farming communities of their country.

    Koma, as he is known to many of us, is the Country Programme Coordinator and visionary leader of Prolinnova-Cambodia. He has been recognised for his untiring efforts and inspiring leadership, and – as aptly summarised by the Award Foundation – for “his creative fusion of practical science and collective will that has inspired and enabled vast numbers of farmers in Cambodia to become more empowered and productive contributors to their country’s economic growth.”

  • Sharing LISF experiences at Coady Institute, Canada

    Coady International Institute at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, invited Ann Waters-Bayer of the Prolinnova IST to speak about “Investing in farmers’ creativity”,  On 5 June 2012, Ann shared with staff and students of the university the experiences and lessons from the Prolinnova CPs that are piloting LISFs. After the presentation, Mr David Fletcher, Coady’s Coordinator of Education Programmes, facilitated a discussion on stimulating farmer-led innovation and experimentation. This involved a panel composed of Ms Bernie Dolly, Director of Inkhala Trust in South Africa; Ms Brianne Peters from Coady International Institute; and Mr Kevin Bekkers, Agricultural Resource Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. The video recording of Ann’s presentation can be found under

  • Prolinnova International Partners Workshop in Mali

    The annual Prolinnova International Partners workshop (IPW) was held in mid-March 2012 in Bamako, Mali, hosted by ADAF-Gallè, the Malian NGO that coordinates PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) in Mali.

  • New Oversight Group members elected

    The Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) met face-to-face in Bamako, Mali in March 2012. This governance body is made up of elected representatives of the Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in the different regions and three independent members elected by the CPs.  

  • GFAR/New Agriculturist – article on climate sustainable agriculture

    Prolinnova’s experiences in climate change adaption through strengthening the adaptive capacity of rural communities appeared in an article published in the New Agriculturist in collaboration with GFAR, as a means of spreading the news of how agricultural research and innovation is helping meet development challenges and improving the lives of the poor. Here is the link:

  • New booklet of farmer-led documentation published !

    Farmer-led documentation: learning from Prolinnova experiences is the fourth in a series of booklets that collects experiences of Prolinnova partners from diverse countries in promoting participatory agricultural research and development in ways that enhance local innovation capacities. It captures the experiences of network partners in giving farmers a key role in documenting their own experiences and innovations. It starts with a short introduction to farmer-led documentation (FLD) and summarises how the approach has been developed within the network thus far. More details on hands-on implementation of FLD are described in the five cases based on pilot activities undertaken in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, South Africa and Sudan. The booklet concludes with some key lessons drawn from these experiences and highlights some points for consideration in pursuing the FLD approach.

  • Welcome to Prolinnova-India!

    At the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) meeting in Bamako, Mali, in mid-March 2012, a new Country Platform (CP) was accepted into the Prolinnova Global Partnership Programme (GPP): Prolinnova-India. We welcome this newest member in our multi-stakeholder community of practice under the umbrella of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (GFAR).

    Prolinnova-India is coordinated by Ms Sonali Bisht, Director of INHERE (Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and Education). This youngest CP is already involved in a new regional initiative called LINEX-CCA: Local INnovation and EXperimentation: an entry point to Climate-Change Adaptation for sustainable livelihoods in Asia – together with the CPs in Cambodia and Nepal. LINEX-CCA is funded by Misereor, Germany.

  • LISF case in sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems

    The case of Local Innovation Support Funds (LISF) under the initiative known as FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources), currently funded by Rockefeller Foundation and implemented by eight Prolinnova Country Platforms in Africa and Asia, has been highlighted in the recently launched World Bank sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems. The paper “Providing farmers with direct access to innovation funds” by Bernard Triomphe et al can be found here.

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