2013

Prolinnova-Ethiopia FAIR3 Workshop Proceedings

Stakeholders in agricultural research and development gathered at the end of Dec 2012 in Addis Ababa to review experiences in piloting Local Innovation Support Funds and to discuss how this approach could be mainstreamed.

 

Prolinnova-Uganda Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF) implementer’s guide

Prolinnova-Uganda would like to share her experience of piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs). The guide has been drawn from experience of four years (2007-11) of piloting and has been compiled to inform and guide institutions and organisations that would want to support innovation processes with such a funding mechanism.

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Strategy for upscaling Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) in Ghana and Ethiopia

Under the transition phase of FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources), multistakeholder Country Platforms that have been piloting LISFs have analysed their experiences and have developed LISF models that they consider suitable for the specific context of their respective countries. They have also developed strategies for scaling up the LISF The first reports have been finalised - watch this space for more:

LISF model and upscaling scenarios for Ghana by Franklin Avornyo (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Animal Research Institute), Zimi Alhassan (Ministry of Food and Agriculture) and Joseph Nchor (Association of Church-based Development Projects) 

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Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR 2): main findings and lessons learnt in piloting LISFs in Nepal

LI-BIRD, the lead NGO of the Prolinnova Nepal network was the first to pilot innovation funds within Prolinnova. This idea was elaborated and nurtured through the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources project that was rolled out in several countries in the network including Nepal. The experiences, findings, challenges and lessons are documented in the report, Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR 2): main findings and lessons learnt in piloting LISFs in Nepal. The report also provides some pointers to how LISFS could be institutionalised through a national innovation fund under the leadership on the Ministry of Agriculture and Development.

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) 2 in South Africa: findings and lessons learnt

Prolinnova South Africa was one of the seven countries that piloted local innovation support funds (LISFs) under the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The report Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) 2 in South Africa: findings and lessons learnt captures some of the key experiences and lessons of the pilot. It discusses some of the challenges of operationalising innovation funds at community level and provides several recommendations for ensuring that the LISFs are sustained and further strengthened.

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources: experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds in Uganda

Farmer Access to Innovation Resources: experiences with piloting Local Innovation Support Funds in Uganda is a report by Prolinnova-Uganda on a 3-year pilot under the Farmer Access to Innovation Resources (FAIR) project funded by Rockefeller Foundation. It looks at the structure of FAIR in Uganda, the functioning of LISFs in the Ugandan context, M&E of the pilot and challenges faced in establishing and running innovation funds at local level. The report describes some steps toward institutionalising the LISF and gives some recommendations for ensuring its sustainability.